Greenslopes in March

for H

alternate versions of tom thumb’s blues
you’re done up like somebody’s dream and that band
next door makes young marble giants

of triple m evergreens a weekend blanking the present
while the salt water creek breathes under the highway
snorkellers fetch oysters and outboard cowboys

flirt with the vagaries of the bar the beautiful
traces of a lie taking a tennis court oath
a third date encounter of the suburban kind

the blades topple the addicks en route to wembley
a destiny to delight the marketing department it winds
the month’s spring the way you unravel

a story with more moving parts than the automaton
barnuming the gossip shifting all the tickets
to the miraculous medicine show i feel

like a lucky country like a bloke who’s figured
that if you dial up the moon and stare down the barrels
any great adventure can be tapped

Liam Ferney

Liam Ferney’s most recent collection, is Hot Take His previous collection, Content, was shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Award and the Judith Wright Calanthe Award. His other books include Boom (Grande Parade Poets), Career (Vagabond Press) and Popular Mechanics (Interactive Press). He is a media manager, holder of the all-time games record for the New Farm Traktor Collective and convener of the Saturdays readings in Brisbane.

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