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 […]

THE CROSSING PLACE

A sepia postcard dusty with time and fingered edges flaking inside the metal tin. Lifted free the scene lives. A scent of horse and sulky, guided by a driver in pale dress and petticoats picking their way down the muddy incline. Weir-edged, the pooled water mirrors a ruffled scene. Framed by trees sentinel in paddocks, […]

A LETTER HOME

Dear Grandma, You’d be most surprised were you still here to see the way the world’s evolved, round freshly made sponge feather-light as before my childhood memory of shaky hand rattling plate beside bone-china tea. Early on battle’s morn my father lit the furnace before greeting bovine troops at dawn. You marshaled yesterday’s fowl bombs […]