208 Spring 2012
Dawn, and two stars hang beside a daylight moon.
The pendulum shifts, and I can almost guess
the time by the light. The potted magnolia on the
balcony gives it, the light and dark of its leaves.
The ghost gums at the edge of the path throw down
shadows onto the loden field. Under the smoke
and ash coloured bark the gums are rife with
incarnate lives, regenerate deaths, petite remains.
At the root of the conifers, hardened spur-sharp
branches lay in a stack and become a nesting
ground, a harvest of tiny worlds. An abundance.
The wind here is a current of pollen and spore,
fodder for the germinant dust. So too the elaborate
entrails of earth; seed-sprout, weed and bloom,
wind-tossed flowerheads and manifest wings.
The thread of the seasons is a yarn of ruin and
renewal, ruin and renewal. A clockwork of dead
wood and surrogate shoots, a lineage. The knotted
stem in a common root, or the course the sun takes
on its passage to dusk, the one under selfsame stars.