Ars Poetica, St Kilda

By | 15 February 2023

Every Bohemia needs its poets.
Take your time, find your groove, follow
the lines of those Art Deco beauties.
Aloe trees, strange and lovely, flourish here.
The Espy’s cocktails, sex and sweat
could see you in debt, or chains.
Let your inner scream out at Luna Park. Write on.

Dream up odes in tattoo parlours. Compose
off-beat sonnets in coffee shops, pen your elegy
in a parking lot (the tolls, the knell, the parting day).
At dusk, the pier turns into a poem,
stretching to touch lights on the bay.
Two old boozers fandango to the tram.
No fashion maven would hang out here. Write on.

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