Lindsay Smith

Rookie (December 16,1939 / Mataura, Southland, New Zealand)

On Sunday - Poem by Lindsay Smith

On Sunday afternoon May 19 1968
I saw a senior citizen leak
in the gutter in Montreal Street Christchurch
opposite Pearson's Laboratory
& more or less
behind the police kennels.

She had her coat & dress hoisted up
& her brown handbag held clear
as the stream drained
evenly through her underwear
like straining jelly from apples.

A slight steam rose at her feet
& her lips were pursed
like the fanny of an old ewe.

I recall little else as it is not easy
to observe some sights.

Poet's Notes about The Poem

This event happened & I wrote the poem in the Canterbury University canteen soon afterwards in 1968.

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, August 2, 2012

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