Cleanly defined, like a rule book.
Lines of earth, sky, tree, grass,
with occasional neat
a frisbee's brisk whisk
of the air.
At Taronga Zoo
1. Echidna quills filter the winds.
2. A free-arranging emu is overly familiar.
3. A tortoise moves like a secret.
4. The vicious seal pool trebles with anticipation.
5. A cable car sags like a burdened planet.
6. A submerged crocodile turns, its tail a slow goodbye.
7. The carp pool is brimming with sliver and gold.
8. A bar-owl flashes its heart at the crowd.
9. Koalas warms the eucalyptus joints.
10. A peacock reveals the right to party.
11. Zebras calmly stand their ground.
12. Hunched chimps concentrate the heat.
13. Wallabies loll like an indulgent audience.
14. Harbour views continue to unwrap their surprises.
-poem first published at Quadrant Magazine
On The Balcony
a jade plant explores
with its leaves
a succulent thrusts
in opposite directions
a mysterious fern
sweeps the floor.
railings think linear.
the view raises up
like a frozen wave.
Foliage marches backwards
from the margins, colluding
like a language
under steep blue sky. Clouds
are scattered, inert zooms,
swallowed whole by light.
The sun, a sheer massive,
poises on the edge of its seat,
The oval is frayed, like a worn
drum. Arrhythmias feast
on its surface, strung out
to curvatures; path, road
and luminous swells of park
before the bay's bold
brochure, thrust with boats,
receding into fine print
energies; ripple, glint, breeze.