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Poem: Preservation Bay

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This week’s Poet’s Corner features the second of two poems by Leon van der Linde looking at contrasting parts of north-west Tasmania.

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Preservation Bay

Benevolence bathes
in the dying sun
when it slowly slides
into the ocean

and the late dusk blends
from pink to maroon
then purple-black

the salty sea spray
rinsing my nostrils
and also my mind

blustery, feather-grey clouds
come dancing in
their misty fingers
ruffling the white-grey manes
of the galloping swell

the ocean’s silky hand
reaching through
my surfboard
caressing my heart
connecting my soul
to a wider,
deeper,
presence

one more wave

one more ride

in the softly fading light

of Preservation Bay.

Leon van der Linde was born in Zambia. After 10 years in Tasmania, he now lives with his family on a small farm near the rural locality of Yarrowyck on the western slopes of the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales. ‘Yallaroo is a jewel and I have found home…’ With a PhD in psychology from Western Sydney University, he works as a psychologist in nearby Armidale, specialising in brief or time-limited dynamic psychotherapy, and is the author of the book ‘A New Drive-Relational-Neuroscience Synthesis for Psychoanalysis’, details of which can be found here.

Readers’ original and unpublished poems of up to 40 lines can be emailed, with postal address, to poetscorner@solsticemedia.com.au.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