I have heard it said
that a man’s soul follows behind him
guessing at his intentions.
Thanks to an energetic communications strategy
I know you move twelve thousand
cubic metres of dirt per day,
you have thirteen partially-completed bridges
and, by the time you are done,
you will have moved three and a half million
cubic metres of dirt. Informative signage
notwithstanding, I still know nothing
of your intentions.
How will we look to them?
We’ll just stick to the local roads
and that is fine, he said.
They can all whizz by up there
and that is fine too but who knew
it was going to be so high?
We must look
like ants to them.
He wiggles all of his fingers at once
and his thumbs as well.
His fingers are stained with grass.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
‘Dear Mr Brasch’, ‘Oh Road!’ and ‘How will we look to them?’ are part of Lynn Jenner’s current project Oh Road! — a collection of poems and essays documenting the arrival in Kāpiti of the MacKays to Peka Peka Expressway. Lynn Jenner is the author of Dear Sweet Harry, winner of the Jessie McKay Best First Book of Poetry in 2010, and Lost and Gone Away, published in 2015. There are samples of both books and lots of other poems, interviews and reviews on Lynn’s website Pinklight.nz.