By Pat Trembeth
Cobwebs drape the windows, dead sandﬂies ﬁll the sills
There’s black rice lying everywhere, the air is damp and chill
We’ve been away for far too long on the far side of the hill
Attending to what man must do to feed the kids and pay the bills
But now we’re back to our west-coast bach in the toi-toi and the ﬂax
Fifty metres from a rocky shore, a million miles from phone and fax
Out of earshot of, ” Fix it Dad ” and ” Dear, go pick up the kids”
The trafﬁc noise and fumes and smog and the neighbours yapping dog,
The Grand Hotel Hapuka headquarters of our boys club
Where we sit around, tell lots of lies of our fondest fairest love
Out in the Tasman Ocean, cruising at ten knots
Hunting the Tuna and Kahawai, responsibilities forgot
Sitting around chewing the fat, lubricated with a Scots anti-freeze
Blue Cod sizzling in the frying pan along with the spuds and beans
When we leave we do the chores we’d never do at home
Beat the mats, sweep the ﬂoor, on the beds you could bounce a stone
The sink reﬂects our stubbled smiles, the cobwebs they’re all gone
Wood split and stacked and kindling too, jobs shared in our common bond
We shut the door, check it’s fast, wander to the truck
Slowly crunch down the shell driveway to the highway and north to Haast.
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