Silhouette In Salt Air

Afternoon sinks behind notes of a single warbling magpiememory collected in shadows along road’s ribbonrecall the times we waited for this spot to reveala vista of sea and rock and lighthousebefore descending from macadamia quilted hills to the coast I have come home to country the long way ’roundthe view behind the fence a snapshot […]

ENDANGERED: COASTAL EMUS AND SUGAR CANE FARMERS

Though I have traveled this stretch of highway several hundred times, only twice have I seen the rare and elusive coastal emu. More squat than his inland cousins with brown feathers, he sailed regally through the green sea of knee-high sugar cane. I recall this windshield scene and the retired cane farmer says that although […]

TO TRAVEL WITHOUT

Would one carry luggageWhen the porters smileDisarmingly white-toothedBecause you are their next mealThe roof over wide-eyed childrenA calling-in place for global roamersThe café where you drink milk frothedThat has not curdled in distended stomachs?Would one knowingly chooseThe life of one over another as thoughIt were as simple as choosing a meal from a printed menuWhen […]

THE LANDING

Not being a parachutist, I notice the incoming bird with splayed feet and the awkward wings of a teenager. Others look up, grounded as we are, to benches and grass and sand. Mothers pushing children on arcing swings. The fisherman casting bait through parabolas into saltwater. Even the dog that marked the pole. Collectively we […]

The Nude Painting

The artist’s model reclines. Fully clothed, he fusses with the line of his shirt, the trouser length, his tie. A stray thread worries him. He pulls at it. “Comfortable?” she enquires. His face is fully exposed to the woman sketching him, she who will paint him and capture his face… torso… legs… on canvas. He […]

Footpaths and Orbits

He’s fascinated. Her skateboard has a tropical red hibiscus design that reminds him of his mother’s festive tablecloths, red , green and seasonal. She laughs. He takes the floppy-eared dog for another walk around the block while he finishes drinking the bottle of beer. He feels lightheaded. She slides the diamond stud from her ear […]

Sparkle!

“Sparkle with me, Lilly!” The lady who harbours original growth forest secrets in her nooks and crannies has stripped off and with the brassiness and aplomb of uninhibited age, coupled with a ‘who bloody cares anymore’ attitude, calmly tacks through the beach-goers on a course for waters glistening. Racing across the sand, my one-piece swimming […]