Gallagher
Type
Poetry

First home bile

i am providing islands

for a local land baron

kept warm at night

by investment properties

dreaming of electric deeds

 

the walls are not built

to withstand harsh weather

so i wrap myself in rental applications

to prepare for the winter ahead

accessorising with vestigial asbestoses

 

herded into all these arbitrary divisions

i watch your blood ache for something less ephemeral

but oh, our bodies ground to dust by negative gears

salaries having mostly sentimental value at this point

i wonder what will become of the monoliths

 

left towering over gentrified paradise

these ultra-chic burial grounds now

overpopulated by millennial skeletons

crying silently into their

superannuations

 

Image: Homehome / Евгений макаров

 

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Allison Gallagher is a writer and poet based in Sydney. Their writing has appeared in Southerly, Overland, Scum Mag, Sydney Morning Herald and i-D, among others.

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