Pictures in a Gallery Undersea, III – C. K. Stead
The prim lips, homing, round the wind,
Condensing news along the Strand.
Nerveless, the words assault, descent –
Stiff jaws convey them underground.
The verb that rackets through the mind
Transports the body far beyond
Swirled on the wind
The lost, chaotic flakes ascend.
O'Sullivan, V. (Ed.). (1979). An anthology of twentieth century New Zealand poetry. Wellington: Oxford University Press.