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An Empty House in Titirangi PDF Print E-mail

for my parents

Empty rooms admit the light –

at the windows leaves abide

curious, alert, intent.

The people have passed on

leaving faint, whispered echoes

in the gently swaying air.

The people have passed on

but not the ferns, flowers:

magnolia, bougainvillea, manuka.

The people have passed on

but not the shrubbery, trees:

kauri, rimu, golden elm.

From the driveway entrance

through the canopy of leaves

the western sun peeps in

his lustrous fingers drawing back

the curtains, populating

the house once more.