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Poem: Wren

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Murray Alfredson’s poem is from his collection The Gleaming Clouds, published by Interactive Press and launched at the South Australian Writers’ Centre this month.


From the underbrush
then and now like pins
or tiny razors, his twitter
pierce the creek-bed stillness
deep in the ravine.

Do I in just splits
of moments glimpse in leafage –
gaps a fleck of blue?
Unconsciously he teases;
side-glanced colour-flicker
but never when I look.
Pictured by mind’s eye,
in dainty elegance,
disembodied voice?

And drab wren-dam?
Twig- or bird-twitch?
Wren pair

Murray Alfredson is a former librarian and lecturer and Buddhist Associate in the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy at Flinders University. He was featured in Friendly Street’s New Poets Edition 12 in 2007, nominated for the Pushcart Poetry Prize in 2009 and 2012, and was an original contributor to Poet’s Corner in its print days in 2008.

Readers’ original and unpublished poems up to 30 lines can be emailed, with postal address, to A poetry book will be awarded to each contributor.


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