If out of our quarrels with ourselves we make poetry, what
do we make of our quarrels with Canberra?
– Martin Johnston
a currawong pecks at scraps
but looks at me askance
my sunglasses slip onto my nose
from off my apparently polemical
gallery of hair – the bird becomes suspicious
across the lake
parliament house peers through
the crisp monocle of the capital
the tactical colours of a yacht club sway
in fig dark water
darker than a tea-tree bay
the pupil as a basin then
& I'm sucked into the lens
sucked into the nest
sucked into the cataract of the civic
the wide eye glazes over
a thin, darkening film.
Tell Me Like You Mean It v5
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