Some Portraits of Country

1 August 2017

1.
The distant mountain
— inverted —
levitates above the horizon

2.
Overnight
boulders are raised on pillars
of ice

3.
Cumulus clouds bloom
out of a cobalt sky
plump as mould

4.
Cicadas emerge
from death masks
gleaming

5.
Bayonets of light
eviscerate the canopy of cumulus
A crow carks and departs

6.
Praying for rain
the shrubs offer
flowers

7.
A semi-circle of standing stones
hides in the shadow of song
and silence

8.
A murder
or an unkindness interrupted
rise over roadkill

9.
A shower of
fluttering wings startle
rippled rockhole reflections

10.
The watermark of a ghost
gum hangs in the mist
where a hill might grow

11.
The weight of cement
silences country — and yet
the leaves rustle

12.
A crow alights on an upper
branch — holds the tree upright
without effort

13.
The gloaming dusk creeps
up the glowing-orange cliffs
like gangrene

14.
Mountains meditate
in silence — their shadows
prostrate before them

15.
In the west
fragments of cloud dissolve —
All the rest is sky

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