Hurricane Wranglers

Living with them is like hawking through 
hellfires. We’re all lost, with all aboard 
battering the Black Triangle. Toward 
the upper reaches, buzzing lighters 
quarter the surface until cracks start 
to form in the ocean floor. We live 
on the extreme. When all the parrots 
mutter in their sleep, we take it down. 
And again, when the winter moon sets 
hugely into the sounds, small waves lap 
up the echoes. We record them all. 


Mary Cresswell lives on the Kapiti Coast, where hurricanes hardly happen. She is one of the four authors of Millionaire’s Shortbread (Otago University Press, 2003).