The Rumours of Disease

by Les Wicks

You’ll go to Hell for all the people you killed!
Screamed by a woman outside my block
on a mercilessly bright day.
She’s in 30-year-too-late-punk minimalism,
he burrows deeper into his beard.
There is a deep tranquillity in the grevilleas
our lawn is freshly mown
& currawongs perch in stunned silence.
For me
anxiety?          Titillation?
There’ve been enough moral quandaries lately,
practicality mixed with boredom
a few drinks, a good friend’s new book. If this is
both my patriotic duty plus escapism  
then my daub/wattle delusions will carry on just fine.
There was this great joke…

Poet biography:
Over 45 years Les Wicks has performed widely in Australia & internationally. Published in over 350 different magazines, anthologies & newspapers across 30 countries in 15 languages. Wicks conducts workshops around Australia, has edited various projects over the decades, latest being To End All Wars (Puncher & Wattmann, 2018) & runs Meuse Press which focuses on poetry outreach projects like poetry on buses & poetry published on the surface of a river. His 14th book of poetry is Belief (Flying Islands, 2019).

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