Hitching Alone for the First Time

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MMcMillanMaria McMillan is a writer, parent, activist, and information architect who lives in Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington. Her poetry has appeared in a number of New Zealand publications including the New Zealand Listener, Sport, the Lumière Reader and Enamel. Her collection The Rope Walk will be published in 2013 by Seraph Press.

Maria McMillan – Hitching alone for the first time
I took a bus to the outskirts of the town
I grew up in. It was so flat. The Southern Alps
blared at me like a car radio.

It was drizzling but auspicious.
Five rides and three hours to get seventy kilometres.
But I got dropped at the corner, things

bounding in me like rabbits. And there, there
was Sarah, on the daffodil farm. All that space.
Hours yet of daylight. How well I would live.

Photograph by Graeme Acton. 


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