Perched upon a rock, you turn to view
dreaming origins one final time
at dawn of the invasion of your land.
Perhaps you’re sensing chaos yet to come.
Those hills will disappear and buildings scrape
the sky to sever freedoms of the past.
White men will place you on their coat of arms
harbinger of the guns that bring you harm.
Painted from sketches and an empty skin,
does apprehension glitter in that eye,
point of the artist’s focus? Now displayed
in Greenwich London, home is far away.
There, you’re packed on supermarket shelves,
emblem of our stewardship and wealth.
is a versatile poet, editor, and musicologist who is well published in Australia and internationally. She has an interest in hybrid forms, and a growing number of her published poems blend two different styles. 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).