Drowsy still I see the boatman bending the pole silently on a river of stars. I watch dawn stir turning the pages of her book colouring-in morning. Each new day is a gift. The riverman’s punt emerges from early mist, disappears again behind a curtain of willows dangling in the stream. Kookaburras greet the sun’s first gleam. The boatman chants louder swift current at his back rounding the bend.
Marilyn Humbert lives on Darug and GuriNgai land in Berowra, NSW Australia. Her tanka and haiku appear in International and Australian journals, anthologies and online. Her free verse poems have been awarded prizes in competitions, published in anthologies, journals and online most recently in Nothing Divine Dies: A Poetry Anthology About Nature and FemAsia Magazine.