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 Corymbla calophylla

 

i.

If I had a totem
it would be a tree
red-blooded and raw
 
shadow-self branching into darkness
roots reaching for the earth’s
molten sun
 
ii.
Two hundred and fifty miles
thrum of tyres becomes wrenching
a form of splintering     
leaving
one home for the next
 
emptied of grief, sitting in new yard
I am watching timber become rain
woody hail tap-tapping
falling from green cloud, cumulus calophylla
honkey-tonk of nuts, their hit and slap scattering
the cats
 
feasting Carnaby’s are invisible
in their shifting mantle
a singular exchange of notes
a see-saw of rasping throats
dawn’s slow speech
every       breathing       leaf
 
old medicinal, flowering sentinel
shape of childhood held
in the umbrella of a bloom
I am surrounded by healers, blood
of wood works at my wounds.

 

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