Dec 14

Art Deco City Napier

by in Drawing & Writing


O seaside Napier,
With street names like
Shakespeare, Dickens, Tennyson, and Milton
You inspire your guests,
to write poetry,
and think loftily –

unless they’re work-travel backpackers,
mostly from Germany,
who hand-roll ciggies,
and drink canned beer,
after a hard day’s work,
picking apples,
whilst they daydream,
with dirty hands,
of future fornication.

Your Art Deco buildings,
how they also inspire,
every mind to wonder,
how to describe,
in human language,
what Art Deco is.

How you remind of Ashland, Oregon,
sitting there,
being beautiful,
producing nothing,
importing everything,
and then raising the prices substantially,
for substantial tourists,
who have their shirts pressed,
and never drop the cutlery.

For this is where,
without a scoff,
men can wear red pants,
and a woman,
whilst drinking champagne,
al fresco,
at 1PM,
can regard her two Dalmatians,
on two pink leashes,
and think life’s normal.

You are a bubble,
lovely Napier,
and a happy one,
at that,
and we will miss you,
and your pedestrian street
with boutique shops,
and your quiz nights,
at your pubs,
where we won a bottle of wine,
with a lucky guess,
about the length of the border,
between Mongolia and China.

If we borrowed one of your boats,
we could sail right back to Seattle,
but for now,
quiet Napier,
we’ll take a bus,
and aim for busy Wellington.


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2 Responses to “Art Deco City Napier”

  1. From Roxy:

    Aw, I love this. Wonderful verse and drawing. I aspire to one day spend my days al fresco, with Champagne, and schnauzers on leashes.

    Posted on December 14, 2011 at 19:22 #
  2. From Lori:

    How in the world did I miss Napier in my NZ travels????? :(

    Posted on December 16, 2011 at 18:40 #