Hot beaches. Old baches. Gold memory.
Wet matches. Bent flax. Bedtime story.
Warm cordial. Green Vauxhall. Sunset glory.
Surf casting. Bait stinking. Picton Ferry.
Reader’s Digest. Nanny’s bedspread. Outside dunny.
Fresh flounder. Waves pounding. Cards, for money.
No school books. No rule book. Adults boozy.
Late breakfast. Up till midnight. New Year hooley.
Crackly cricket. We got a wicket. Lost the station.
Mum’s bikini. Dad’s Barcardi. Playing Patience.
Time to go now. Can’t we stay here? Shells, and sunburn.
Molten beaches. Crystal baches. Memories earthen.
Jeffrey Paparoa Holman