photo by jerry hicks
Matt Harris is completing an MA in English at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He has most recently been published in Southern Ocean Review, and online journals Blackmail Press, Half Drunk Muse and Stylus Poetry Journal. He is currently writing a novel with the assistance of iconic New Zealand author Witi Ihimaera (The Whale Rider).
For links to more of his work see: http://nzpoetsonline.homestead.com/MH9.html
Ends of Transportation
The laundered rags
outside the mechanics workshop
strung up like Tibetian prayer-flags
Would anyone think so?
Of course anyone would - there are certain
strands of likeness,
common threads, running between
the monks robes and the overalls of the mechanic:
It's just as hard to interrupt either man
when there he is, head down
humming to himself,
working out the nuts and bolts
Are there sufficient connections
to get us from here to the next place?
Somebody, standing outside the human sciences building said,
"We're clotheslines, and every
experience we have in life is pegged to the line."
I didn't understand,
but nodded, like a toe-toe
in the wind.
"The more years behind you
the more dirty washing you have on the line,
the harder it all gets to sort out," they said.
Again, I nodded.
Reticence, silence, is often misconstrued
as a kind of inner death.
It's rarely understood,
except by sensitive tractor drivers,
going 30kph down the highway on
Friday afternoon of Labour weekend.
They know the unseen force of a row of cars,
(the trailer surrendering a piece of white cloth)
They know what it means to pull over
and let the others keep going.