Eye

1 March 2017

across the room from nolan’s soldier
scooped into lumpen slouch
the cow

nosing itself tenderly
notices its guts
missing

and its clam‐maraca hands
jam mid-clack

it gapes

at the hollow scraped
by asbestos winds
licked by rust

we know the look
learnt it as kids before the box
laughter blasting like acme tnt

when sky showed through
frizzled coyote

the crack‐up’s
in the dumb creature’s eye
the cartoon o of surprise

the headshake
at one’s own impossible demise


Notes:
In response to Drought by Sidney Nolan (1953),
91.1 x 121.4 cm, National Gallery of Australia.

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