Mayhem Literary Journal is generously sponsored for 2019 by Te Whare Wananga o Waikato, The University of Waikato
issue 3

october 2015

issue 3 - october 2015

Percussion - Alison Robertson

My Chinese neighbour plays a mean marimba
like sunlight shafting through trees 
woody and bright
a giant xylophone
down in his basement with his mallet
hitting the smooth wood, making sweet sounds
when he should be in a concert hall bowing 
to loud applause.
Percussion is my life he says 
in his shabby English
But no orchestra here seem 
to want me.

Contributor's Note

Alison Robertson is part of the Communications team at University of Waikato. She was a sports reporter for Radio New Zealand in the ‘80s, has edited a community newspaper in Porirua, written three children’s novels and several short stories and until now has never had the courage to publish any poetry.

 

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