Sunday, January 31, 2016

burke: Gatecrasher #31

winter comes
gatecrashing summer

the bigger birds - magpies, corollas,
mynahs and black birds - fly
into hiding

tiny brown fists of feathers
fly like wind-blown fans
across the grass and
into wet bushes

the Chinese lantern tree
goes to black

beneath the camellia bush
where I buried
the maggot-infested body
of the crested dove
a new plant grows
its bright green leaves
drinking rain

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