Rosemary Purse

TAYLORS MISTAKE[1] LIFEGUARDS

the old guard
built the beach dug-out
snug from the wind

under a Pohutukawa[2] umbrella

after maintenance:
their “church parade/brown o’clock time”
the ration/a flagon

Marmite tumblers replacing tin

just a residuum roll-call now
at the bach[3]
you carried with you

with your mug and pannikin

the bach
as always
the place

of resistance