The thing that is not earned but given unfurls like the wings of an angel tumbling out of the sky – say the tender rosebud unwrapping itself petal by delicate petal into weak winter sunlight still damp with night’s cold breath but greeting the morning and the turning of my head with this remembrance of what might actually happen in its own brief span there for the looking this volt of quiet attention
Rose Lucas is a Melbourne poet and academic at Victoria University. She is the author of 5 poetry collections, the most recent being This Shuttered Eye (2021). She is also the editor of the recent Lockdown Poetry: The Covid Long Haul. She is Foundation Editor at Liquid Amber Press. Her next collection, Increments of the Everyday will be published by Puncher and Wattman in 2022.