The four star fridge is on its side, surprised
To find sunlight on its shelves, ice tray dry
And its arctic green inside slowly warmed.
Hopes once hung with suits in wardrobes
are out with posters of the stars we all forgot.
My faith in styrofoam has proved a phase.
The bag of plastic forks from God knows where
Is tossed beside the bones of bicycles and prams.
A kitchen sink receives a washed-up suitcase.
In this paradise the armchair lies down with the milk crate.
A stack of games, a pile of books, a Georgian garden set
“enough to keep an opshop buoyant”
and someone's mother's ashes in a box.
A magpie lark sings in the dawn on a bath tub rim.
With the weathered logic of a dream
the idea of ownership is mocked out on the street.
What to give away, throw away, or keep?
My father gives me clippings, photos, coins,
my mother gives me one last landscape painting.
I watch them take up daily walking
as if they know the journey's long and slow
and no belongings can be taken.
I want to start again by ending.
I throw out everything and bring it back
piece by piece for fear of having nothing.
The wind and rain are curious today.
A couch accommodates a toy piano.
Are you free if you can say it's so?
Or must we wait with cluttered hearts
until we lie unburdened in the puzzled earth,
a gift returned in time if not in worth?
Tell Me Like You Mean It v5
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- 104: KINwith E Shiosaki 103: AMBLEwith E Gomez and S Gory 102: GAMEwith R Green and J Maxwell 101: NO THEME 10with J Kinsella and J Leanne 100: BROWNFACE with W S Dunn 99: SINGAPOREwith J Ip and A Pang 97 & 98: PROPAGANDAwith M Breeze and S Groth 96: NO THEME IXwith M Gill and J Thayil 95: EARTHwith M Takolander 94: BAYTwith Z Hashem Beck 93: PEACHwith L Van, G Mouratidis, L Toong 92: NO THEME VIIIwith C Gaskin 91: MONSTERwith N Curnow 90: AFRICAN DIASPORAwith S Umar 89: DOMESTICwith N Harkin 88: TRANSQUEERwith S Barnes and Q Eades 87: DIFFICULTwith O Schwartz & H Isemonger 86: NO THEME VIIwith L Gorton 85: PHILIPPINESwith Mookie L and S Lua 84: SUBURBIAwith L Brown and N O'Reilly 83: MATHEMATICSwith F Hile 82: LANDwith J Stuart and J Gibian 81: NEW CARIBBEANwith V Lucien 80: NO THEME VIwith J Beveridge 57.1: EKPHRASTICwith C Atherton and P Hetherington 57: CONFESSIONwith K Glastonbury 56: EXPLODE with D Disney 55.1: DALIT / INDIGENOUSwith M Chakraborty and K MacCarter 55: FUTURE MACHINES with Bella Li 54: NO THEME V with F Wright and O Sakr 53.0: THE END with P Brown 52.0: TOIL with C Jenkins 51.1: UMAMI with L Davies and Lifted Brow 51.0: TRANSTASMAN with B Cassidy 50.0: NO THEME IV with J Tranter 49.1: A BRITISH / IRISH with M Hall and S Seita 49.0: OBSOLETE with T Ryan 48.1: CANADA with K MacCarter and S Rhodes 48.0: CONSTRAINT with C Wakeling 47.0: COLLABORATION with L Armand and H Lambert 46.1: MELBOURNE with M Farrell 46.0: NO THEME III with F Plunkett 45.0: SILENCE with J Owen 44.0: GONDWANALAND with D Motion 43.1: PUMPKIN with K MacCarter 43.0: MASQUE with A Vickery 42.0: NO THEME II with G Ryan 41.1: RATBAGGERY with D Hose 41.0: TRANSPACIFIC with J Rowe and M Nardone 40.1: INDONESIA with K MacCarter 40.0: INTERLOCUTOR with L Hart 39.1: GIBBERBIRD with S Gory 39.0: JACKPOT! with S Wagan Watson 38.0: SYDNEY with A Lorange 37.1: NEBRASKA with S Whalen 37.0: NO THEME! with A Wearne 36.0: ELECTRONICA with J Jones