Kind Paths

Kind Paths

 

Mother’s advice that’s stood the test of time:
in order to fix a bike,
flip it upside-down. Then
you can see the fantasy
peeled from reality –
the wheels stopped turning;
brakes squealed.

With your lover, feel the tyres.
Remove all nails and glass
and shards of resentment.
Refill with care. Ride the paths
of kindness, and take it in turns
ringing the bell.

 

 

 

 

 

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Wake for a Dragonfly

Wake for a Dragonfly

rainbow falls
on his favourite valley
colours shift the sand

blue, red, iridescent green:
dragonfly battles life
magnificent in distress

purples and pinks
lie in dragonfly’s wake
sending beauty to beat at the pain

rainbow small
dragonfly small

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Patterns

Patterns

On that morning, she chose refuge,
hiding in her bed, the cruel
face of jails that, really,
we perpetuate.
On that morning, he sent the deluge
he’d long ago promised.
Eyelashes ached.

Drops slip from cycles.
New patterns on glass.

 

 

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21

 

Darwin. Always on my shoulder:
your eyes. We could drive
like that for days.

 

 

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20

 

this is how I like your love
coded, in camo
the dimming of search lights

 

 

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19

 

Redfern. In a world
of his own, smiling
at the safety of straight lines.

 

 

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18

 

after the wilderness,
we needed new streets,
smaller kangaroos, a ticket of forgiveness.

 

 

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