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Poems: Winter sea views

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Stormy Adelaide beach weather is the subject of this week’s Poet’s Corner contributions from Rory Harris.

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Semaphore, South Australia

the dark
coat winter

one sleeve
full of stars

the other
thrown over

a shoulder
like a glance

as the wind
blows diamonds


Semaphore, South Australia

on this stretch of winter beach
a grey sky drawn to a grey sea

against a grey horizon
a man & a five year old

hands grasped against the wind
swing against the wind

& there just before
the breaking of the rain

a rainbow & then another
& another

& he throws the child
into his chest & carries her

their backs against the storm
her first rainbow & there were three

Rory Harris was one of Poet’s Corner’s very first contributors in its Independent Weekly print days. His poetry collections include ‘Over the Outrow’, ‘From the Residence’, ‘Snapshots From a Moving Train’, ‘16 Poems’, ‘Uncle Jack & Other Poems’, and ‘Beach’. He has had radio dramas translated into Solomon Islands Pijin for broadcast on National Radio Solomon Islands and he teaches at Christian Brothers College where he is currently the Faith & Liturgy Co-ordinator.

Readers’ original and unpublished poems of up to 40 lines can be emailed, with postal address, to Submissions should be in the body of the email, not as attachments.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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