A Short Time in the Yard

By | 15 May 2023
‘But the tyranny of low expectations smothered them’ – Stan Grant

The boys ruck below a yellow footy, going at marker’s-up
in front of Mt Baw Baw, a heron’s head that surveys the college in its blue shadow.
The moment’s hero jogs into the goal-square and floats back the ball to them, eye to eye, with the mountain.

Muzak. Lunch over.
A white flock of cockatoos spreads over their school,
First dimpled like a net puffing in the sea-tide, it fans under the sky
as they go to their lockers
under the white flag of your will.

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