by Nicole Rain Sellers
Our family birdbath ripples sun essence, pours glitter libations on stones below the flame trees. At your births, bronzewings rose from our silky oak shoulders. Diamond doves in our veins rivered the silver wattles. Even now, liquid light overflows. Rainbow lorikeets flash, dive in our paralysed hearts, shriek grevillea love. Sap surges the honey myrtle, spills bottlebrush fireworks, drips seedpod lifeboats, pools in new nests. Refill your gold cups with this native elixir, this kingfisher mirror that blooms waratahs. No plunge can dissolve you and nothing contains your bubbling springs. We made you of light from an infinite torrent. Our reservoir brims with your shimmering.
Since their father’s sudden death, and through lockdowns, quarantines, and upheavals, my children’s resilience has been dazzling. The Ace of Cups tarot card reminds me of the radiant life force flowing in them, and replenishing us all. There are countless Ace of Cups interpretations; this 15th century version from the Visconti-Svorza tarot deck was painted by Bonifacio Bembo. https://www.themorgan.org/collection/tarot-cards/the-ace-of-cups
Nicole Rain Sellers’ poems have been published in Plumwood Mountain, The Enchanting Verses Literary Review, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, and The Blue Nib, and awarded in the Society of Women Writers Tasmania Robyn Mathison Poetry Prize (2019) and the Fellowship of Australian Writers Lake Macquarie Branch Alice Sinclair Memorial Writing Competition (2020). Her ecopoetry collection co-authored with Rebecca Trowbridge, Fossilised Lightning, will be released in 2021 by Girls on Key Poetry. Visit her at https://www.nicolerainsellers.com/