Hardcore Pastorals: Poems by Rebecca Hawkes

By | 31 October 2021

your baby brother points out
the window of the family 4WD
bouncing in his seat and chanting
gay cows gay cows gay cows gay cows
your father says they only put on a show
hopping up each other to get the bull’s attention
but you have another word purring
a secret in your mind so fragile
if you said it aloud the air would rip like silk
lesbians lesbians lesbians lesbians
you cling to the fact that a tenth of rams
exclusively prefer other rams
even when ewes are available
this is uneconomical
but it has been studied
beyond dispute
and so are you
so are you so
are you

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