issue 5

october 2017

issue 5 - october 2017

Z - Bob Orr

One night I saw as if in a vision
the warning lights above the level crossing
as red roses announcing the arrival of beauty.
Having reached the end of the line
beneath the Z of a service station neon sign
I dreamt of Robin and mandolin sweet Marion
fleeing the hangman of Nottingham Castle
naked as fleas in the filth of a barn
to hide out in the tangled forest of Howie Parke's dark shadow land.
With pre-mixed spirits and a fractured red rose
stolen from a carbon monoxide garden
after passing through time zones to the other side of town
I looked back only once
turning to see my life a train wreck behind me.

Contributor's Note

Born in the Waikato. 
Adult life mostly spent in Auckland working as a seafarer on the Waitemata Harbour and Hauraki Gulf. 
Has published eight collections of poetry. The last was 'Odysseus in Woolloomooloo' (Steele Roberts, 2014).
Was awarded the Lauris Edmond Memorial Prize in 2016. 
Writer in Residence: University of Waikato 2017. 
The poem 'Z' submitted to Mayhem is from a new collection all but complete except for a title.


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