Explanation: When I was growing up in Whanganui, one of the main topics of conservation was about the commune set up by one of New Zealand's most well-known poets James K. Baxter. Recently I read the play "Horseplay" and was struck by the way NZ society treated the "different" among us. I think we have got better at it and can only report positive reaction to my poems.
The title is a convoluted pun on the word "Alternative".
You had to sing, James K.
With your fine, mad words.
You had to show us, about us,
and make some ask why.
So that we could reply with scorn,
or fear because you were different.
The ideas you had were odd.
"Full of shit and God."
Oh sure, some would listen,
think what's he on about?
Maybe read some more,
but mostly we buttoned down and moved on.
I don't know much about you, hard to like from what I hear.
though I don't think that should matter.
You had to sing so we had to listen,
lifting our ears out of the clatter.