I Digress: A pantoum for Paula Bennett

by Toby Manhire / 20 April, 2012
The social development minister in poetry.


A rather special speech delivered by Paula Bennett this morning has been getting a bit of play on Twitter this morning, where it has inspired a series of “I digress” tweets.

I’ve had a proper read of the speech, delivered by the minister of social development to the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services, and the only appropriate treatment, it seems clear, is a pantoum. After all it’s nearly the weekend, and we all like a good pantoum. (As I post, I see Danyl has before me been moved to verse.)

The following lines are all drawn from the transcript of the speech, though obviously not in the same order.

Think of our ancestors.


We should take the best of what we have known, the best of who we were and look to who we can be.


But I digress.


It is time to make the hard calls.


*


We should take the best of what we have known, the best of who we were and look to who we can be.


And this is just the start


It is time to make the hard calls.


But we all have our roles to play.


*


And this is just the start


If you’re not careful they start picturing you as a nice plump bit of chicken or a cream bun.


But we all have our roles to play.


If you don’t fertilise the soil you can’t expect the tree to blossom and fruit.


*


If you’re not careful they start picturing you as a nice plump bit of chicken or a cream bun.


It’s who we were, who we should have always been and who we will become.


If you don’t fertilise the soil you can’t expect the tree to blossom and fruit.


There’s something wrong with this picture, isn’t there?


*


It’s who we were, who we should have always been and who we will become.


Think of our ancestors.


There’s something wrong with this picture, isn’t there?


But I digress.


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