The Tides Run Up The Wairau – Eileen Duggan
The tides run up the Wairau
That fights against their flow.
My heart and it together
Are running salt and snow.
For though I cannot love you,
Yet, heavy, deep, and far,
Your tide of love comes swining,
Too swift for me to bar.
Some though of you must linger,
A salt of pain in me
For oh what running river
Can stand against the sea?
O'Sullivan, V. (Ed.). (1979). An anthology of twentieth century New Zealand poetry. Wellington: Oxford University Press.