Melbourne Sonnets

1 June 2014

Around Australia [destination: melbourne]

millions and millions of old ladies
go to the stock market, buy firecrackers

FIRECRACKERS: bang! bang! … bang!
OLD LADIES: we are the hotel
THE HOTEL: I am the eucalypts, am the sculpture garden
ROY LICHTENSTEIN: I would hate to see

a fire
start

but I cannot read the runes in this book of spells…
FIRE: <crackles>

HAYSTACK: Go on without me!
WOMAN: Okay

but I’ll never forget
the smell of your hair




Lost

and after dark
nothing ever came through,
only blew out

SPIRIT WALLABY: you can’t eat here
COCKROACH: I’ll dance until I crumple
FRUIT BAT: your toes make me wanna do the Macarena
YOUNG BOY: I will be your

nothing like
your

continual strategy, your
storage solution
SPIRIT COCKATOO: <preens>

KANGAROO IN DRAG: teach me
BILBY: I have hidden the treasure

who cares where
somewhere




In Theory

an Australian town is only as big
as its largest taxidermy koala

VENUS, GODDESS OF LOVE AND BEAUTY: then we came to the suburbs
SEASHELL: it’s my dream to be drunk out of
YARRA RIVER: I love driving my ute
COREY WAKLING: but you’ll never find me

not in a million years
not with a thousand dingos

no not ever ever
DINGOS: aaaooouuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!

POEM: stick ’em up if you value your watermelons!
TRACTOR: I would have thought

it didn’t matter
but now I see that it did

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