Topic: Whakatāne Maize by Debbie McCauley

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This poem was published in the 'Bay of Plenty Times' on 4 December 2010 (p. 18).

Languid fields of rich green maize 
stretch out in all directions 
from the house of cream- 
coloured brick

A child’s playground, a paradise 
of imaginary characters, 
of knights and princesses and 
abounding in the sweetly-dappled 
that sways and rustles with the 

Run! Jump! Creep or blunder 
into a spider web, sticky with heat 
Escape from the fearsome battle 
that terrifies the senses. Turn, 
flee headlong 
through menacing rows, burst 
into sunshine, safe and free 
from the battalion of green-clad 


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