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This week’s poem is from Fleurieu Peninsula resident Moira Deslandes, a founding member of Willunga Playback Theatre, an aspiring poet, and a blogger at Letters to Hildegard.

4 a.m.

A digital tattoo

The bouncer
The barman

The drunk
The dealer

The mate
The girl

The thump
The siren

The copper
The ambo

The groan
The pulse

The gasp

The gasp

The mother who got the call
The sister who held your hand

The friend that turned away
The stranger that turned toward

The surgeon with his scalpel
The radiologist with his MRI

Indelible nightmare.

Moira Deslandes has worked from the kitchen table to the cabinet table, as a grassroots community social worker, to a chief-of-staff to a state government minister. She spoke on “resignation” at TEDxAdelaide 2013.

Readers’ original and unpublished poems up to 30 lines can be emailed, with postal address, to A poetry book will be awarded to each contributor.



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