non-fiction rock from Aotearoa New Zealand

Pop Sickle

Stefan Neville - Pop Sickle, 2010

Stefan Neville - Pop Sickle, 2010

Hidden to the world, just below the Desert road
At war, amongst the tussock, in the cold
Partners? Only partly to these confidential men
‘Til you will not do what you’ve been told
Talk floats free, swimming in the southern sky
Via code, culling chatter, and assess
Fragments of a sound, find exact frequencies
Then deliver all the data at behest

Block Buchanan, there’s no home in this port
Civil stand, no place to anchor, challenge made
‘Know you place’, states the radio-silent reprimand
If compliant, could the Rainbow have been saved?
Penance built on action, construct a second base
Bigger ears, expanded reference, tighter nets
Modern, motivated, collude on rules of trade
Deny complicit when the human targets bled

Hoist on truck      Garden tool
Firm belief            Wild luck
April night            Minus fog
Just as well           Ditch the truck
By the fence          Wires cut
Father’s snip         Has no spark
Bypass guard        To the dome
Go on foot            In the dark
Stand at base       Reason clear
Hesitate?              Do the task
Hide the blade     To the hilt
Slow exhale         Faceless mask
Watch deflate       Flaccid tent
Inflate hope         In bold contrast

No crown of satellites, no electric fence
No silence or denial, or fear of jurisprudence
With personal around the clock, all resource available
Could not stop the honest work of these three men
And a single sickle

For Adrian Leason, Peter Murnane and Sam Land:
Who undressed the Waihopi spy base in 2008 to reveal and remind NZ of its’ complicit involvement in Western acts of aggression.
For all others who resist the war.

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