Among the quietening air

We slow down enough to grow a patch of moss
on our legs where the shade lives longest.
Do not look away. We are growing
through the most alarming of days.
And all I can often think about
is the cake you baked that night
on the fire we lit from sticks
stolen from the dead tree.
As the sun comes drooling
over everything, we sing.
The moon, a pink scoop of icecream
in the golden sky.



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Allis Hamilton

Allis Hamilton is an artist, musician, and teller of folk tales. She collects memories and discarded nests. She is a joint convener of ‘PoetiCas’, Castlemaine’s Poetry Readings. Her poems are published in Australia, England and Ireland.

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