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Plunge of Gannets

southern swelter –
beneath an oak’s deep shade
friesian heifers

synchronized plunge of gannets
from the ocean’s rock pillar   

crowded platform
as the train departs
your face

grandma’s stories more interesting
than those in the child’s book

a waxing moon
on the rise above orchards
sweet with fruit

from the neighbour’s kitchen
scent of pickling in the air

her first day at school
she shows me her new backpack
and drink bottle

sheets chill on this longest night
with a half a bed empty

Valentine’s Day
the roses still bloom
on his memorial bush       

farmer’s market –
guarding the cash box
a bulldog

in the shadow of a tree
fallen cherry blossom petals      

peach trees
in bloom beside plums
he pats her rounded belly              


A summer shisan

Rodney A. Williams, AUS: Verses 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12
Patricia Prime, NZ: Verses 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11


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