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Issue 15: Sept. 2022
Poem: 141 words
(Sonku: Sonnet + Haiku)
By Hazel Hall

Breaking New Ground

	ginko walk 
	a pamphlet library 
	for me to find 

Strange, the way I stop to notice things 
passed more than a hundred times before 
on the rambling track I take each day. 
A little beetle on this blade of grass 
is sipping sorrow. 
			Coloured lichen brings 
its jacket to charred bark. Two magpies pour 
their arias in intricate replays 
clearing winter’s drizzles as I pass. 

	widening circles 
	... aleaotoric singing 
	from a pond 

Thanks to the bird with opalescent wings 
who left her writing quill before she soared 
home to her bright prism far away. 

	blue-sky art 
	a single brush stroke 
	floats in space 

Fleeting visions, some too hard to grasp, 
yet on the earth I’ve found this smooth white stone, 
reminding me that I am not alone. 

	a hint 
	of cosmic discipline— 
	my new name 

Hazel Hall
Issue 15, September 2022

is a poet and musicologist who is well published in Australia and internationally. Her collections include Step By Step: Tai Chi Meditations (Picaro Poets, 2018), Moonlight over the Siding (Interactive Press, 2019), Severed Web (Picaro Poets, 2020), and a verse drama, Please Add Your Signature and Date It Here (Litoria Press, 2021). Her sonnet collection A Hint of Rosemary is forthcoming.

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