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The drill’s bright bit, its tip, its jewel

by Tim Upperton


In a lane as straight as a child’s rule,
as twilight falls, not dark, not quite,
I swim another lap of the pool.

The water encloses me, comfortably cool.
The attendant passes, flicks on a light.
In a lane as straight as a child’s rule

I swim alone.And though it’s cruel
to keep him here on a Friday night,
I swim another lap of the pool.

My windmilling arms unwind a spool
of roiling yarn, soon lost to sight,
in a lane as straight as a child’s rule.

Fit for the task. I’m the perfect tool.
My dead gaze swerves right, swerves right.
I swim another lap of the pool.

The drill’s bright bit, its tip, its jewel—
I am the pen in the hand that writes.
In a lane as straight as a child’s rule
I swim another lap of the pool.

 

Tim Upperton is a creative writing tutor at Massey University, New Zealand. He has published poetry and fiction in various New Zealand and overseas magazines, including Sport, Takahe, North & South, Dreamcatcher (UK), and AGNI Online. He has won several prizes in New Zealand for poetry and fiction, including first and second prizes in the national poetry competition run by Takahe magazine. (10/2004)


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