Title: Pebbles

Author: Brian Turner

In: Sport 2: Autumn 1989

Publication details: Fergus Barrowman, April 1989, Wellington

Part of: Sport

Keywords: Verse Literature

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Sport 2: Autumn 1989


page 110


At times the river deserts us
and we're left to burn
unlaved, unsuckled, stripped bare.

Cattle scrunch and kick us
on their way to the water,
shower us with drips and spatter us

with dung on their return.
We live better.under water, the river's
clear varnish crinkling above us,

the underbellies of fish
cream as moonlight. Twigs and leaves
and insects and trees sweep by

without any say in where
they're going, while we cosily settle
and watch the clouds swoon

in the filmy blue. We belong in water
untroubled by envy for anything
born to live in the loneliness of air.