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Continuous Pour

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I had to visit the New Plymouth Power station last week. It's been retired from service and partially dismantled, but the 600 foot chimney still dominates the skyline. The power station has been taken over by the local port company and will be used for log storage, the chimney, despite rumours to the contrary, will likely remain for some years.
A loose parallel, moving on from one life phase to another. Certain aspects remain others change, memories linger on...

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Continuous Pour

Red lights in the western window
Five hundred feet and counting
The continuous pour
Of 1975 or was it 76
Appearing over the hill top
Like Kilroy
Only still here

The pipes bringith
The pipes taketh away
Gas in exchange for steam
Steam in exchange  for power
Power in exchange
For someone else's money
While the left over smoke
In exchange for clean air
Blows up the chimney

Workers voices
Like Bill Baker
(He was our neighbour
In seventy one until he
smoked his last)
Echoed through the pipework
Put together then
Now slowly taken apart
The only noise left
A low hum
In some other place

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