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A Mount Tomah Companion

In thirty-six haiku, a triple-helix sequencing of

Family Gondwana (G)
Family Proteaceae (P)
Family Mount Tomah (MT)

 

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G.001
Silence holds the seed.
     I stand on wet soil, the void
is a flood of light.
 
 
P.001
Open, my flower.
     I am the colour of your
soul. Remember me?
 
 
MT.001
Night, my closest friend
     down the burrow, snuggled in
moth wings, dreaming stars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

G.002
Firstly stars collide,
     bloom into heavy metals,
carbon, iron, gold.
 
 
P.002
Then the earth split. Oh,
     divided hearts, you take me
to the west, east, north.
 
 
MT.002
Common ground, ancient
     earth, this good old soil makes us
stand up and say: what?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

G.003
Infinite time is
     best known locally, right here
you're in the cosmos.


P.003
A leaf is green, hot
     bronze, red tipped inflorescent
crown at the centre.


MT.003
A long time ago
     I knew a song. Now it's gone,
heart's abandoned glade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

G.004
Sun mother, life fire,
     make a spiral in the heart,
Earth your tiny child.
 
 
P.004
Nectaries are sweet
     animal mutualists
say, having a taste.
 
 
MT.004
Every flower
     colour-stars the green cosmos.
We cruise like planets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

G.005
Like all things, Earth grows
     from the centre out, swells to
meet the surface, space.
 
 
P.005
If I can hold you
     I can hold the whole Earth, our
arms cord into tongues.
 
 
MT.005
Words are organic
     photosynthesis in sound,
a trace of graphite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

G.006
From the core, magma
     roils. Our face splits, grinds apart,
yet we remain kin.
 
 
P.006
Proteaceae go
     here, there and everywhere,
continents just drift.
 
 
MT.006
Over the spiral
     Baiame leaps from Yengo,
hands reach to fire, space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

G.007
Surface membrane, star
     light. A tear precipitates
water, air, new love.
 
 
P.007
Blood veins want to grow
     forever. Your skin holds them,
tumescent flowers.
 
 
MT.007
Tadpoles bubble up.
     Catch one, see its heart’s swift beat,
the belly’s soft coil.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

G.008
Stone’s a hard cradle
     roots grip, delve, split. Flesh is born
in soft multitudes.
 
 
P.008
Corona belly
     tender shoots, make me horny
sugarbush, beauty.
 
 
MT.008
A butterfly flies
     by, proboscis pollen-full,
ready to relay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

G.009
Under our fur we
     are common, from the bones out
DNA repeats.
 
 
P.009
Mimesis is good
     sanctuary, glad to be
just another one.
 
 
MT.009
Wollemi pines grow,
     flower through time. Time flowers,
Wollemi pines know!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

G.010
A fern unfurls, mist
     falls across a mountain peak.
Red flowers, blood creek.
 
 
P.010
Banksia make love
     food, brilliant spurs of orange
sweep out, flood in waves.
 
 
MT.010
Under the pines, soft
     shadows, cones, umber needles,
 toadstools and humans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

G.011
Almost once around
     the galaxy, Gondwana
made it here at last.
 
 
P.011
Proteaceae loves
     Platanaceae kin loves kin
Nelumbonaceae.
 
 
MT.011
White fur, light soft hem
     trimmed to the edge of life. Ants
get stuck in the fluff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

G.012
Oceanic drift,
    salt wind and star spiral, we
go on forever.
 
 
P.012
There is a flower
     at the centre, then the tree,
all our silent hearts.
 
 
MT.012
Mist holds the darkness.
     All I see is you, one step
ahead, a swirl, rain.

 

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