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a silver hair
  woven into the nest
winter light                                               
slowly,
the earth moves –
snails in love                                                     
                                       
morning moon
 a spider staggers away
with her egg-case                               
                                           
the calf’s fur
 licked into curls –
   woodstove smoke                                       
early heat –
 jacaranda buds burst
into sparrows                                               
                                                
                                     
rusted hinge
the butterfly’s wings
close, open                                             
                                            
                                     
the blossom wind...
even broad bean flowers
tossing their heads                                              
                                              
                                     
longest day –
  dust galaxies slide
     through the shutters          
                                        
                                              
                                   
fish story
  a cormorant spreads its wings
        w
  i    d    e    r                                              
                                  
                                              
                                   
snapper run –
 his red cigarette tip
 bobbing on the bay          
                                        
                                              
                                   
scorched garden…
enough water
for the birdbath                           
 
                                      
                                            
                                 
heat shimmer
the kingfisher’s wings
answer the river                           

                                      
                                            
                                 
snake country the length of the shortcut                   
                                      
                                            
                                 
a home
among the gumtrees
   among the ashes                     
                     

                                    
                                          
                               
into the black—
 the drift
   of a currawong feather              
                      

                                    
                                          
                               
red moon
the calligraphy
of charred trees                           
                  

                                    
                                          
                               
seashells –
I sort through
my childhood   
                    
                   

                                  
                                        
                             
deck class sparrows claim my ferry seat                            
                   

                                  
                                        
                             
harvest moon
the sideshow alley clowns
open-mouthed                                                     

                  
                 

                                
                                      
                           
lunar eclipse
a moth taps circles
on the ceiling  

                  
                 

                                
                                      
                           
cicada husk…
also clinging
to a straw                                                    

                  
                 

                                
                                      
                           
on a bare twig rain beads what light there is              
                
               

                              
                                    
                         
pomegranates
the tang of her secret
on my tongue                                          
                                                

                
               

                              
                                    
                         
fading light…
 his voice in the crowd
   of shadows                                          
     
              
             

                            
                                  
                       
grey day
the iridescence
of a housefly  
            
              
             

                            
                                  
                       
unswept leaves
my foot brushes
a sparrow                                                                   
         
              
             

                            
                                  
                       
the bent nail
 where garlic hung…
 winter moon                                                        
                                
   
            
           

                          
                                
                     
starlings thicken
 between the chimneys
a deeper twilight                                        
                                     
   
            
           

                          
                                
                     
Acknowledgments

'a silver hair' :
Famous Reporter, June 2009; 'the calf's fur' : Frogpond, Winter
2007; 'morning moon' :
Famous Reporter, June 2009; 'the blossom wind' :
Shamrock Haiku Journal, March 2008; ‘rusted hinge’ : Jack Stamm Anthology
1st prize 7th JS; 'early heat' :
Paper Wasp, Spring 2008; 'snapper run' : Page
Seventeen
, Apr 2006; 'fish story' : Stylus, Apr. 2006; 'longest day' : Ambrosia,
issue #1 Nov 08; 'snake country' :
Shamrock Haiku Journal # 9; 'heat shimmer' :
Moonset, May 2006; 'red moon' : Simply Haiku, vol. 4 no.1,  2006; 'turn of the tide'
:
Simply Haiku, Sept 2008; 'deck class' : Shamrock Haiku Journal #3; 'seashells'
:
The Heron’s Nest, June 08; 'cicada husk' : Stylus, July 2006; 'lunar eclipse' :
Frogpond, Fall, 2007; 'harvest moon' : Famous Reporter, June 2007;
'pomegranates' :
Famous Reporter, Dec 2007; 'on a bare twig' : Shamrock Haiku
Journal
#3; 'unswept leaves' : Haiku Harvest 29/07/2005; 'grey day' : Stylus, Dec
2005; 'fading light' :
The Heron’s Nest, June 2007; 'starlings thicken' : Presence
#37 , Jan. 09; 'the bent nail' :
The Heron’s Nest, Dec 2008.


Lorin Ford
what light there is

A 3lights Gallery Presentation

All poems copyright © Lorin Ford 2009
All artwork copyright © Liam Wilkinson 2009

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a few notes
from an untuned piano…
autumn rain                                         
                              
                   

              
             

                            
                                  
                       
turn of the tide…
the sea taking back
its jellyfish