At the museum we all pile out, single file,
line up, take a
bow. En route we’d passed the mall and
the BP on the
corner, making up Tinder profiles for
dogs, giggling and eliciting short, sharp
screams as we got an
eyeful of the prospects on the app, a
few kindly matching us. Holding onto
our tickets we encounter
gloom. I consult my analogue watch.
Split into groups we
head upstairs to the mezzanine floor.
I understand that my feet are what move
Jesus held by Mary icons glitter on a wall
kissed by sunlight. I say three Hail
Marys, whisper the 10 commandments,
liberated. Another exhibit wearing the
motley colours of a bruise looks forlorn.
Balloon animals in unsettling
neon colours clenched tightly in our fists
pop. My feet move me forward.
Opposite the Buddhist statues deified like
palindromes we eat our lunch cheerfully,
quench our thirst with L&P then follow
our leader who is dressed
rather too conspicuously than her father
would like, in a plunging
silver, lurex playsuit. My feet move me
Twice now I’ve seen an old ship,
underside exposed like 1000 human
Virtual reality displays offer experiences
such as rural scenes
where you can cuddle a cow. My feet
move me forward. A meteorite
xenolith in a locked display case begs to
Yawning, our leader directs us back to
zeppelin: We line up, single file, board
and get out our phones.
Lower Hutt, NZ