Be all the blue you don’t want to see in the sky
That bitter note of sunshine rules the skies
Blow up the water tank the roos don’t mind the bangs
Leave the pieces laying on the dust
Silky dust wanting water and somehow I don’t care
Under the verandah the clouds are gathering
Could this be the end of all we’re hearing now
Or is this the only thing keeping us sane.
All I see of me is my shadow on the wall,
Walking down the hall thudding on worn carpet again.
Everything I write comes back to the word drought. It’s not the worst word once you get to know it.
Now’s the time to leave this here
On the floor, on that bench,
Leave it there.
Is it a time capsule, is it a prayer,
Is it an old coat, is it your last dont care.
Nows the time to leave it laying
On a bench, on a chair,
Heavy and sodden.
Cast off don’t weight, don’t
You’ll regret it for a while,
But this lightness is madness
This lightness is madness.
Do you suppose in autumn, all the trees are saying,
I cannot be-leaf it, this year I was praying,
For my leaves not to leaf me,
Yet here I am, a bear tree.
* * * *
Damn the roses saith the man
As he liftth the watering can.
* * * *
If I had a verandah,
I would put my Aunt Miranda,
And she would knit
and knit some more.
The sound, the rolling tide of traffic fills
Shifting, humming, breathing stills,
Slashed gold on crumpled brick,
The asphalt’s faded, decades quick.
No rain, just greetings falling on the road,
Signs rust bright, the awning’s bowed.
This time capsule bubble, pocket nook,
Forever and ever with same blank look.
An afternoon in a small town.
Outside our yellow boxes
Grinning with yellow teeth
He’s probably friendly, shall we go out and see?
I feel like my years of nights spent protected by electric lights has robbed me of being able to enjoy the velvety darkness at night. Are you a day time person or a night time person?
Pickling the foggy air, the sunshine cures the swirling fish fogged tails.
See there’s a drab brown bird flying away,
Dragging the day with a rope.
Todays weather report, brought to you by: A Drab Brown Bird.