Arawata Bill

the end

It got you at last, Bill,
The razor-edge that cut you down
Not in the gullies, nor on the pass
But in a bed in town.

RIP where no gold lies
But in your own questing soul
Rich in faith and a wild surmise.

You should have been told
Only in you was the gold:
Mountain and river paid you no fee,
Mountain melting to the river,
River to the sea.

-- Denis Glover, Enter without Knocking, Pegasus Press, 1971

Last modified: Tue Jan 27 22:44:05 Pacific Standard Time 2004