paperbark

Intricately gnarled paperbark tree
Curls on itself like a corkscrew
Reflected in mirror-flat waters
Of a lonely Billabong in the Pilbara
Rounded pebbles scattered about roots
Trunk burnt inside
Old as dreamtime
So grounded in its rich ripe roots,
Black-fella dryads lurking translucently
Circle water-lilies randomly on mirror-water
Purple flowers struggling above the crystal surface
Mist rises languidly, almost giving body to dryads
Reflections in reflections,
Distortion and fuzzification in hidden cold algae-coated depths
Above the surface a dragonfly jerks its crippled flight-path between bouts of hovering stasis
In the midst of an ominous mosquito hum
A Kookaburra laughs

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Comments
  1. Karen Maddigan says:

    Love it. Where did this come from? Very different to the norm. Peaceful. Love fuzzification!

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  2. This kind of poem is called a pastoral—inspired by Les Murray, but also the romantic poets like Coleridge and Wordsworth–the fuzzification refers to fuzziness of deep water

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