Poetry

Wakefulness – 15/11/17

Why am I still up? It’s the moon, the moon, it’s much too bight.
It’s the silence, it’s my heart,
all the thumping, footsteps, running.
Why am I still awake?
It’s the lumps in my bed,
It’s the sea, it’s the sea, it’s much to dark,
and it’s crashing in on itself, and I’m afraid, I’m scared that it will
disappear, disintegrate in every smash of every pulse.
The walls are much too smooth, my bed is much too safe. Why am I still up?
Because my coffee cup is empty, and I smashed it into shards
and they’re turning into powder, and so, what if when I pour my cup next
I mistake the pottery sand for coffee beans and make my tea with that instead?
I’ll wind up dead!
And if there are tangents, are they staying up late at night, sitting with steaming cups, plotting over benches like so many sharp toothed worms, grinning at my discomforture when I find I cannot sea them,
are they underground?
And was that last typo an intentional working of my brain
as a deep illusion to the ocean or, not?
My head aches, that is why I cannot sleep.
And why am I still up? Well would you put me down?
What would you call this sweet insomnia if it was late for tea?
And if I was running with it, would you wait?
-zu
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Poetry

The Wind Will Not Stay

It’s hard to find a meaningful thought, when you don’t really know what you want to say.
Look at the way the wind beats the grass into soft waves running up the bank of the dam. You can see it start from the furtherest blade, it eddies and swirls till it runs out with a sigh at your feet. The rustling of the wild oats is the chiming of thousands of tiny paper bells.
Remember when we ran fast through these paddocks, your soft blonde hair laughing in the wind. We filled our shoelaces with itchy golden grass seeds and never felt them prick until we ran inside. These paddocks were filled with wild bulls and spaceships, I had the knack of making all our play seem real.the cool dark green shadows were forests filled with ancient steadfast trees and all our favourite stories. Back then we knew with absolute certainty that the sunshine would last forever.
And it has! Look at it. I’m sitting in the hard trodden path between the sea of grass, and the sandy beaches are filled with sunshine, it pools in every divot of the glossy green poplar leaves, it skims the top of the wild oat waves.
Heading back, my feet take me unerringly to the faded path cutting down the bank of the dam. It was made long ago by calves, exuberant with life, running up and down the bank, again and yet again, as their mothers, large with sweet grass stood steadfast and chewed.
After I slam the screen door behind me, I strip off the shoes and socks made prickly by golden grass seeds, which I have picked up just by a quiet walk through sunny waves.
-zu
Poetry

Farewell Dust – 14/9/17

The knocking intensifies, urgent and soft.

Rain is a stranger,

drumming the door.

But my fingers that reach for the door knob

Are covered in soft-silk

dust, and dry gum leaves.

And I know you will wash them away.

Your green coat don’t fit

The bones of the valley,

Grey wash watercolour soddens the sky.

I want long summers

To hang washing in,

Give me my sunshine, give me my dry.

There’s never a break

In the clouds or lush grass,

Dark dreamy paddocks sigh in your reign

Catching my pockets,

Drenching my sheep,

And filling the beds when the river’s asleep.

I know I craved water,

I didn’t know what it meant,

Forfeit gold living, put your feet in the mud.

But glance t’wards

the mottled dark storm

Life symphony, the gentle drum joins the band,

Child’s play-dust gone,

It’s a kind bargain

Rain is a gentle monarch over the land

-zu

Lovely rain prompt from dVerse, mine is late! Hope you enjoy 😊

Poetry

Pony – 28/9/17

Little pony in a little pink paddock,
Gazing at the moon, he says,
“What kind of moon are you?”
And the grass is dark and dreamy
And the stars are singing madly,
As the pony in the paddock stands and stares.
And the trees sway black on
The shadowed banks,
The river rolls in paper pocket swirls.
Keeping his eyes on the horizon,
See the pony dance,
His curling mane tossing to the night.
His sharp hooves pounding in the night.
The night makes not a sound, he knows he is the king
Of this small circle, circus dreams and patchwork seams,
Light blue luminescence,
A gypsy saddle blanket, he discards.
Come again some other night,
He’ll be chatting to the skies,
And the stars will be staring at his eyes.

 

-zu

Poetry

The Painter – 25/8/17

See him striding down the side,
pot belly, paint pot.
The building’s grey, and so’s the sky,
he hums and sighs, oh me, oh my.
Long since he cast out desk sitting,
table tops and filming,
now taking pegases flying on advertising,
under a goldy street light
and an endless race track, looping, losing.
We win the race to this light, and lose it to the next.
And when we are stowed away
in some garage, others still race on.
We don’t mind, we idly watch our race losses,
it’s the only the missed turns that get your goat.
But goats are not uncommon on the grassy patches in between the buzzing highways.
People who are late for losing, lately coming,
late for work, third time this week.
We still don’t know when to indicate. Incinerate or irritate,
no irrigation is required, third time this week.
Dwarfed by madly spinning tyres,
the kind that smoothly overtake.
And just a small cut into the landscape,
another road be blowed.
Takes five years to get that kind of did undid.
And his eyes are still drawn to soft edges,
vagrant grasses, sickly shrubs,
trees that cannot seem to stop,
often a magnolia, sometimes misty rain.
 While he sheaves his sickle, sower,
sorry, paint pot or else sander,
the skin beneath his nails is the only part of himnot weather blown and roughened.
The rain falls harder now, scattered shrubs seem thicker,
the road is winding long, so long.
He’s not sure if this should be goodbye,
for if he ends up on the other side of nowhere,
he knows he won’t be back.
That’s why every time he starts he turns back.
Safety in the city, houses stacking, needing painting,
and work is hard to get when the spaces in between em goes for days.
He could never be a farmer, post deliverer, cattle rustler,
nor cowboy, farm hand, window cleaner.
But he never thought he’d be a painter either,
at least, he thought he’d be a painter,
but these days all he’s doing is swatching greys and bones
on depthless walls,
encouraging the buyers to extend and to buy local.
He gets enough walls drab and smoothly coloured to get by.
And when he drives home, in the cherry jam flowing on the road,
he brushes his tired hand across his eyes,
smarting and dreaming of a roughened canvas
full of red dust and silver moons,
water stones are smooth, red ground is forever.
He tells the road again,
not tonight.
And he swears again,
this cannot be the only tune to sing.

– zu

 

Linked to dVerse Open Link Night.

Poetry

Why Not Stop and Stare – date:a long time ago I wrote this poem

We’re going down the highway, and we’re almost back home,

The sun is at its highest and it glistens on the dome.

We’re skidding round the corner and rolling down the straight,

And avoiding all the road-hogs, full of rage and hate.

We’re gliding past some road-kill, down along the track,

And until we’ve gone right by, I won’t look back.

For they did no wrong, and only died by chance,

And we rush right by them, with no second glance.

Galahs fly overhead, with no second thoughts,

As we speed in plastic bubbles, for they think us funny sorts.

As we drive along the highway, not stopping on the way,

With our artificial air, we could drive like this all day!

No time to turn down creek beds, as the willows nod and sway,

No time to stop at all and we simply cannot stay.

No time to watch the kangaroo, with a joey in her pouch,

No time to wait for native birds, who come if you silently crouch.

No time to lay on golden grass and stare up at the sun,

Speeding past in plastic bubbles, you miss a lot of fun.

No time to crush a gum leaf, and smell the gum-fresh air,

As we fly on by, going as fast as we possibly dare.

As we swoop on down the highway, for we’re very nearly home,

And the afternoon sun, glistens on the highway’s dome.

We’re speeding round the corner and flashing down the straight,

For we simply cannot stop, and we simply cannot wait.

And I stopped and watched the plastic cars, rushing till the end,

Swooping out of sight, under a gum tree, round a bend.

And I sighed behind them, why not stop beside the track,

And turn down a creek bed and don’t worry to go back?

Lie down in the shade in the golden grass that’s fair,

And learn to stop and stand and stare.

And take a gum leaf from a gum and crush it in your hand,

And learn to really see what is good and grand.

Why not stay till night fall, and watch the ghost gums dance,

And wander past the creek bed and take the track by chance.

For the earth is much too wonderful, not to stop and stare,

And gaze upon a joey’s face, and dance without a care.

 

-zu

This was such a long time ago. I actually wrote this while I was driving, on the way home on the highway with my family. As I was driving, I couldn’t exactly write, so I memorized the whole thing somehow and wrote it down when we got home. I believe we were very close to home at the time otherwise this would have been lost into oblivion for all time.

Poetry

Blue – 20/7/17

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.

-zu

Everything I write comes back to the word drought. It’s not the worst word once you get to know it.