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a topical ‘spout’

sweet old rag
we did not
forsake you
even for
26 million

bloodied cross
at the heart of
the jolly jack
that symbol of
the sour crown
signatory to
Te Tiriti by which
we are here
like it or not
a red-eyed
southern cross
cake-cut deep
in evening blue,
first
put our difficult
history in order
the theft with a
smile and a
capital ‘T’ of
‘fair chance’
so leaving us
‘fair game’
address this
out of kilter
land where the
rich fish the pockets
of the poor and slip
in a gaudy penny
for their pains
a humbug
referendum
then go throw
this old rag away
for something better
but
no tea towel
on a pole i pray

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