Before your interment

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Selected poems

 

reach

for Brother Gerald Faulkner cfc

 

Here is the reach

of your voice

 

past naming

where sky

 

meets ocean

& further still

 

where you imagined

the unimaginable

 

on your lips your song

for the new world's harmony

 

 

 

skin

To the life

of your tribe

 

to the breath

of your planet

 

in the raising

upheld arms

 

of a childhood

surrender drawn

 

into the very heart

beat of ourselves

 

a son, a daughter

a parent's hand

 

the rise & fall

as old skin stretches

 

as grasslands

would change colour

 

 

 

space

Dawn beach sand squeak

shuffling diamonds to an edge

 

across town new houses

find space between big trees

 

 

 

before

Before your interment took place

I left the memorial & at home

 

dug deep into the garden

stacking bricks to retain

 

what was left of the beds

to hold back the fall of earth & keep

 

what was planted growing

later spacing out cuttings of geranium

 

& the root stock of mother in law tongue

in the dampness the season gave

 

of purpose, labour, grief & time

 

 

sails

& the tears

have been swept

 

to the side

of the road

 

a child's leaf

boat sails

 

& maybe

that is enough

 

turning nouns

into verbs

 

 

xxxxxRory Harris's most recent collection is Beach. He is currently on long service leave for a year after many years in the classroom.

Topic tags: poetry, Rory Harris

 

 

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Rory Harris's poems are always a gift to the soul. Ta.
Peter Goers | 23 July 2019


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