Natural World

Rob Schackne





The magpies swoop
it’s stranger day
two balls of cat
on the bed
hear each moment
the mystery
dream quietly
buried in person
the river flows
speaking is hard
though I pretend
the sky grows darker
winds are gathered
then the rain comes

Rob Schackne was born in New York and he lived in many countries before settling in Australia in the 1970s. He’s a retired teacher – he worked in China for 15 years – and he now lives in central Victoria. He has been a poet for a long time. His last book is A Chance of Seasons (Flying Island Books, 2017). He writes a poem almost every day. He likes taking photographs.

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