Poem – Bill Sewell

Apportioning the blame

(from Erebus: a poem)

Blame it on pilot error
Blame it on their training, their mental set
Blame it on bad communication
on sunspots, turbulence, and the computers
Blame it on mistaken identity and on circumstance
Blame it on the weather, and on their eyes –

Blame it on the Wright Brothers, and on Richard Pearse
on McDonnell Douglas and General Electric
Blame it on Scott and Amundsen
on Hillary and Fuchs
Blame it on the ice
(above all, on the ice)
Blame it on the bottle
on Coca Cola and the koru
Blame it on the books, and on the stars –

Blame it on their parents
on the living, and on the dead
Blame it on the bosses, and on the workers
on the economy, the terms of trade
Blame it on Rob Muldoon, and on the Russians
on extraterrestrials, the Devil, and the Pope
Blame it on the bossa nova –

Blame it on pilot error.

Bill Sewell

Tagged with: ,
Posted in Poem
Search the archive
Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Search in posts
Search in pages
Filter by Categories
Architecture
Art
Autobiography
Awards
Biography
Byline
Children
Comment
Contents
ebooks
Economics
Editorial
Education
Essays
Extract
Fiction
Gender
Graphic novel
Health
History
Imprints
Language
Lecture
Letters
Letters
Literature
Māori
Media
Memoir
Music
Natural History
Non-fiction
Obituaries
Opinion
Pacific
Photography
Plays
Poem
Poetry
Politics & Law
Psychology
Religion
Review
Science
Short stories
Sociology
Sport
Subscribers only
War
YA Reviewers
Young adults
Recent issues: subscriber-only access

Subscribe to NZ Books to access the issues above

Search by category

See more