i could not look at you on the weather
when they panned across the nullarbor i kept my eyes on the floor til it swept up the gold coast
you reminded me too much of the boy
nevertheless you persisted. the third date i was cast into the iron-green crest of the state library you breathed me in a new ventricle, laneways unfurling. to university on a rusted bike and the trees framed with sudden clarity my passage to the horizon. you smelled right, old paperbacks in bookshops, lentils simmering, even my reflection glowed
i stopped dreaming of the boy.
there was no space on the couch for two, no salt on my tongue, no ghost of Lot’s wife gazing on the old city