Arcadia lakeside


these days
all mowing’s been suspended
but for a gesture

a thin strip to
contain the bloom
of lantana, nettles

black jacks and
wild fennel.
bittou bushes

muscle the path
like bodybuilders
down a corridor.

with the rains
the savannah’s

taller than
a toddler on tippy-toes
taller than a cry.

at night
lions gawp
& the horses worry their traces.

despite our
we press on

(for the world
is already
a world away).

on the third day
we came to the
foot of the scarp

the ruined temple
the hewn steps
going down

the ante-room
alms tables and
dark drawn walls

and the ancient god
who weighs
each heart

against a feather
(and any future

& there’s
the Westfield
with the fluros coming on.

Image: Savannah, Lake Illawarra yesterday evening. Posted on dverse open link night #263.

And for those of you journeying across your lounge-rooms, here’s Terry Riley with Shri Camel from 1980.

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