Poetry

The Threepenny Kowhai Stamp Brooch

If I get lost someone will pick me up and post me.

I am already licked and stamped on my green lapel.

The brooch from Te Papa will see me safely home.

It’s 3D—as in LSD—pounds, shillings and pence.

Let us go out and do the passegiata on the waterfront.

If and when I get lost, you can slide me into the red box.

Of course I will be posted back into the past—

back to when kowhai was pronounced kowhai.

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