1 February 2012

How long since he’d sliced and salted a tomato?
There was almost nothing he touched:
silverware and bed covers, expensive notebooks
sometimes the floury crust of a gourmet burger
the younger skin of a grandchild or subordinate.

Somewhere, another old man walks through
an overgrown paddock on a morning
without frost. Waist-high in feed and weeds
the tips of his fingers touch grass and thistle
the destruction he has fostered all his life.

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Ali Jane Smith

About Ali Jane Smith

Ali Jane Smith's first poetry chapbook, Gala was published in 2006 by Five Islands Press. She has been the recipient of a Longlines Residency for Regional Writers at Varuna - the Writers House. Her work has appeared in publications such as Southerly, Famous Reporter, and Mascara Literary Review. She has recorded readings for audio Cd and performed in schools, universities, pubs, cafes, shopping malls and festivals.

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