Lime green paddocks of barley wave to
edges of cliffs and scalloped bays
landlocked islands of high-vis canola
waving microforests of seagrass in shallows,
glassy sea reflecting a cloudy sky
cursive scribbles of squid ink on jetty planks
crumbling limestone cliffs recycled as
institutes, general stores and hotels
copper bleeding up from magma.
Dawn, Old Echuca Wharf
Curled blank paper
littering the tops
of grey river red gums
and it is corellas awaking.
a raucous pushing of the bandwidth
ripping open the blue morning
then in ones and twos peel off
from the mob creaking
squealing a memory of unoiled
steam engines and chaffcutters
a fog rolls tumbles wheels flows
over still brown river,
a two-storeyed fluidity
corellas form their own clouds
broadcast tumultuous joy in all directions
over Moama and Echuca
smearing their sound and light
across two states.
unzipping a new day.
Rob Walker has published six collections of poetry, the most recent being tropeland, Five Islands Press 2015; Original Clichés, Ginninderra Press 2016, and the Garron Publishing Series 3 chapbook Policies& Procedures, 2016. His short fiction, memoirs and essays have appeared in journals in the US and Australia and on ABC Radio National. He is one of a group of SA poets who will be reading their work at Adelaide Writers’ Week at 5pm on Tuesday, March 6, West Stage, Pioneer Women’s Memorial Gardens, in a session hosted by Peter Goldsworthy.
Readers’ original and unpublished poems of up to 40 lines can be emailed, with postal address, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions should be in the body of the email, not as attachments. A poetry book will be awarded to each accepted contributor.