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.

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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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4 Responses to Hitching Alone for the First Time

  1. Jdot. says:

    Throughout the poem’s narrative the speaker is inactive. Even if she is moving it’s rather slow; “five rides and three hours to get seventy kilometers.” But more importantly, she’s only observing, the town, the alps, the rain, or being transported by other entities…the bus, the five rides. She even got dropped on the corner. There is just such a passiveness here, but interestingly she ends it with cautious optimism. The bounding rabbits show that she is ready to move, as well as anxious. But the space, the open daffodil farm and the hours of daylight remaining show that there is space and time for her to grow and move.

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