Country Justice

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TW: murder, abuse, child abuse







RIP Phyllis Symons, knocked unconscious and buried alive – aged 17 and seven months pregnant – by her lover George Coats at the construction site of Mt. Victoria's "tooting" Tunnel in Hataitai, Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand in 1931.





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Starting from the sidewalk, how many feet from here?
10 feet wide and six feet down, & two buried in a pair.

Down Victoria Tunnel, into its gaping mouth–
The black hello, the toothless “O” that comes without a sound.

Into tiny pieces I’ll shatter with my spade
Your body, bloated full of babe
This wretched place will always bear a woman’s name
This wretched place will always wear a woman’s face

King Dick said “friends don’t let friends don’t let friends fly the banner, ring the bell”–
Where is God now, Dick? Where is God now?

There is no c(o)untry justice – my body never was my own
Where is the c(o)untry justice? Where where you when the hammer came down?

NO FEEDING IN THE DOLE QUEUE! NO CHANGING IN THE BATHROOMS!
Soap in hand, look straight ahead – the hard-won scent of loving care sharpened into something thin
Mopped in a corner, wet comes dry
(at least he didn’t come inside!)
Lino lava threatening to swallow
Those who stumble blind to the labour that it follows

King Dick said “friends don’t let friends don’t let friends stick their dick in crazy–
She will bite it off and then she’ll want to keep the baby!”

There is no c(o)untry justice – my body never was my own
Where is the c(o)untry justice? Where where you when the hammer came down?
There is no c(o)untry justice – my body never was my own
Where is the c(o)untry justice? Where where you when the engine gave out?

(Friends don’t let friends don’t let friends don’t let friends don’t let friends don’t let friends…)

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released March 1, 2019
Recorded at New Bond Street by Maggie Magee & at Wine Cellar by Rohan Evans. Mixed & mastered by James Goldsmith.

Written & produced by Maggie Magee.
Features a sample of "Country Calendar" accessed at nzonscreen.com

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