Rob Hack  poet/handyman, born in Invercargill in 1953 has lived in Paekakariki for many years after

returning from his third attempt to move across the ditch.

He has been writing poems since 1997.


Train pulls into Muri station                                         



Kapiti is a black jewel on this

the prettiest suburban ride.

Five tunnels roar to the green

of the nibbled hills and the drapery

of arching fronds. The train pulls

into Muri station, hiss of the door.

Suddenly I am young again, of all

the carriages in the world.

Too late to ask why you never left

twenty seven Octobers ago.


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