Autumn on Australia Street
May 21, 2012
I know it's autumn when exotic imports
lose their cargo of leaves
Empty branches startle the sky
Northern cut-outs curling in the sun
catch on fence wire at the school
flooding gutters after rain
In summer the gumtree in our yard
slims down, mindful of the dry spell
Oily crescents pressed underfoot
soften the asphalt under the line
Loose bark hangs in strips for weeks
like forgotten underwear
Gum nuts line the pathway to the bin
tiny hulls, our hidden progeny.
beat the silence
Curled tight they hold
the anxious moment
— let others slip by
Years of blackness
spread across the palms
— rivers dispossessed
Time runs out
with the present fear
— a lifeline held
__in metal cuffs
__caught at the wrist
A man carries a child
braced for war
raised in surrender
Brenda Saunders is a Koori poet from the Wiradjuri Nation. She has just had a chapbook Firestick published by the Varuna Writers' House at Katoomba. She was resident there recently as the Dorothy Hewitt Poetry Fellow for 2012.
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22 May 2012
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