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Salient: Victoria University of Wellington Students' Newspaper. Vol. 32, No. 9. 1969.

Photograph Of Robin In War-Paint

Photograph Of Robin In War-Paint

Those big eyes, they are like black
stones emerging through the snow.
Spring has made the mountains cry,
the whites of your wide eyes thaw . . .
Come on, no tears now!
I have seen you often, mouth
puckered and your hair undone.
Even war-paint on your face
won't frighten me dear Indian:
I've so often watched you
painting it all on, so know
the cheeky girl who tries to
startle the adults with a show . . .
But they are not interested.
They've already decided
long-haired cowboys should be scalped
and pretty Indians shot dead . . .
So come on, let's go to bed.

Sam Hunt.