New verse by Wellington poet Claudia Jardine, who previously thrilled and disturbed Spinoff readers with her poem ‘My Iron Cervix.’
Ode to Goon
So there’s me, sprawled across the bed
eating bits of biscuit like Bacchus,
and you, half out of a suit,
looking at me as if I’m street-art
you scraped off a wall on the way home.
Wine-red dress spilt on the floor,
so drunk we pulled the mattress from the bed
and crushed a packet of biscuits.
And while you pondered how it was
that I had come so violently to life
at four in the morning, I asked for a story,
so you told me about your pet rabbit from your childhood
who ate so much she made herself sick.
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