On the rise leading up to the dam its dense clumps of reed stirring gently in mud in amongst the stand of black wattles and soft grey-green haze of spindly melaleuca a mob of cockatoos maraud from tree to tree ripping at bark burrowing for insects laughing and chattering shrieking bandsaws in the early spring sunlight that catches at sap shimmers leaves their bodies are large black sails flapping and swinging between branches they rise together calling into crispness the pungent blue vivid yellow flashing in lift of stately wing stirring up small grey fantails as they go twirling and diving in puffs of ruffled air
Rose Lucas is a Melbourne poet and academic at Victoria University. She is the author of 5 collections of poetry, including Even in the Dark (UWAP 2013) which won the Mary Gilmore Award. Her most recent collection is This Shuttered Eye (Girls on Key, 2021).
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