Poems

Mark Edgecombe: To the Glory of God

To the Glory of God We have what’s called a whakatauki here: When a big tree falls, another will rise. Here’s to you, Les, unstraddleable trunk, Bunyah’s blokey windfall—  thankit be God!—across our path.   Not to be got round, your girth demands surmounting, as trampers seeking some humble objective slow, down pack, plot route and struggle over, pausing mid-traverse to gaze up   at the mighty O through which the glory of God winks, blue laddering in a heaven of green. We’ve another saying too: Inside each trunk’s a carving in wait for its master. Here’s   to your…

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