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Sport 43: 2015

Gem Wilder — Unfurled

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Gem Wilder


Hillsy found a kurï skin,
tightly rolled and brittle,
in the basement of a Wanganui museum
back before the h was returned.

He built it an acid-free kennel,
put in a saucer of distilled water
that he kept topped up
as if the dog could lap at it,
and waited,

as patient as the kurï itself,
standing on the prow of a waka
on that long journey,
a living figurehead,
anticipating landfall
when it would finally have
enough space to unfurl.