Wharf at Onekaka by Charles Brasch


Today our Visitor Programmes Co-ordinator Gwynneth Porter reads a poem by Charles Brasch that was written directly in response to a painting in our collection. We can still only visit these places in our minds, but here are 22 seconds of soap and water delight to assist in doing that.

Doris Lusk Acropolis, Onekaka (The Wharf)
Lawrence Baigent / Robert Erwin bequest, 2003

The poem is called Wharf at Onekaka from a series called Six Water-colours (after Doris Lusk) and the painting is that artist's Acropolis, Onekaka (The Wharf). Onekaka and its abandoned pier are in Golden Bay at the top of the South Island.

We are grateful to Alan Roddick, Charles Brasch's Literary Executor for permission to reproduce this poem.