Half-way

And a friendly reminder, as of April 2017, my first collection – BONE INK – is available for order from Guillotine Press. This is one of the poems that didn’t make it into the collection.

 

 

Half-way

half-way to Rouse Hill
I’ve been rolling
fallen trees, searching for snakes.

thirsty enough to kneel
and drink a silty mouthful of hoof print from a dam;
Holbie laughs. He wants me to talk.

I tell him a story of colours:
blanco, naranja, morado, gris
amarillo, verde, rojo, negro, turquesa, marron, rosa, azul, oro.

this place, the stubble of cow-trod paddocks
a copse of trees, doesn’t know the selves

we live with.

by the time he’s had enough we can see
the caravan park where she lives,
up a dirt road. I wonder

what he thinks.

eyes straight into my mind;

my friend, a falling kite
who fights to his eyebrows,
who would let me squeeze the blood from his ribs,

he says

we’re gods of stolen change

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Another oddity from 2015. Slowly clearing out the old stuff.

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9 thoughts on “Half-way”

  1. There’s something about a dark background on a web page that usually keeps me from going any further but looking at this one is like sitting in a movie theater watching, …no, being swept away into a story. Whew…good one. “Blanco, naranja, morado, gris”

  2. The image you used for this poem is quizzical. Fallen trees could have been a better blend with the words. Hope you don’t mind my opinion. Lovely poem.

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