Thursday, December 26, 2013

Poem: "Centennial" by Denis Glover


In the year of centennial splendours
There were fireworks and decorated cars
And pungas drooping from the verandahs

     But no one remembered our failures. 

The politicians like bubbles from a marsh
Rose to the platform, hanging in every place
Their comfortable platitudes like plush

     Without one word of our failures. 

     -- Denis Glover


If you want to see a selection of pictures from Wellington's celebration of New Zealand's Centenary,  Centennial Coffee House in Lyall Bay is the place to go for a burst of nostalgia and local history.  

Lyall Bay, facing south into the Cook Strait, and located beside the Wellington Airport was quite the fairground at the time of the Centenary. 

http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/culture/centennial/centennial-exhibition

About the poet:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denis_Glover




HAVE A LOVELY FUN, RELAXING BOXING DAY WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY WITH NO "FAILURES" WHATSOEVER.

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