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Poem: Solitary Birds

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In this week’s Poet’s Corner contribution, Ross Jackson captures a tranquil lakeside moment enhanced by the setting winter sun.

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Solitary Birds

Winter sun lingers in this gloaming
gold leaf connecting
lakeside skeleton trees

a slender waterbird, its fishing range
enlarged by recent rains
tarries where lake water

has cut new edges to livid turf

I see it double, since still water
makes a picture of it
in its hunting stance

this moment when
sun is liquefied
above the horizon
shattered by

approaching sounds
scattering each of us
our disappearing outlines
hazed by last of winter sun.

Ross Jackson is a retired teacher who lives in Perth with his wife and their cocker spaniel. He has had his poetry and short fiction published in various literary magazines and websites in Australia and overseas. His collection ‘Mallee and other poems’ was published in 2016, while his new collection ‘Time alone on a quiet path,’ is due from the University of Western Australia Press, UWAP, this October.

Readers’ original and unpublished poems of up to 40 lines can be emailed, with postal address, to poetscorner@solsticemedia.com.au.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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