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On-the-road reflections are the subject of this week’s Poet’s Corner contributions from Alice White.

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Freeway

Mark yearns for Polish forests.
Danielle misses the beeches of France.
I want Yorkshire oaks and moors.
So we drive the freeways
heads filled with trees
while the empty sky
floods our eyes.

Freeway Footbridge

Twilight, a dust cloud of gold.
A man leans on a grey rainbow of
railings that blister with speed.
Cars divide in some courtly dance and
the one thing living is the one thing still.

Freeway Freedom

Posting the terrible free novel
out of the bus window on a rainy day.
Lying on my back in the forest
giggling after throwing sticks at a tree.
Finishing off a bottle of wine
at three in the afternoon in Sheffield.
Knowing I can forget your jokes
because you’ll make me laugh tomorrow.
Telling stories to my sister.
Driving with Helena in a pink open top Morris
with a horseshoe on the prow.

Alice White lives in Melbourne. With a masters degree in educational management and change, she is currently on leave from teaching at Wantirna College, where she was the Head of English and Literacy. She has presented seminars on topics including fiction, poetry and Shakespeare in general at schools and the Victorian Association for the Teaching of English conferences. She has had her poetry published in various literary journals and anthologies, and in the Ginninderra Press chapbook ‘Heartstricken’, jointly with Nicholas Hamer-Smith.

Readers’ original and unpublished poems of up to 40 lines can be emailed, with postal address, to poetscorner@solsticemedia.com.au. Submissions should be in the body of the email, not as attachments. A poetry book will be awarded to each accepted contributor.

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