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Poem: Pink Bay, Kangaroo Island

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In this week’s Poet’s Corner, Rhiannon Burner of Adelaide writes of a South Australian gem – Kangaroo Island.

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Pink Bay, Kangaroo Island

The sunlight skips ahead
into the secret
green places, curved
with the dark wigs of
the she-oaks, their
brown trunks dipping
into stiff and graceful
bows. The sea waves
hello and it waves
goodbye, the tide tip-toeing
forward to surprise the silent
pink rocks with a kiss. The
birds are feathered excess,
floating from tree to tree,
hillside to hillside. The sunlight
moves from here to there.

Driving, on Kangaroo Island

My parents drive
this way so often
they have named the

trees above us; leaning,
touching their leafy
fingertips, the trees

bend into a dragon’s
ribcage; the little one my parents
call it, the other is bigger.

Kangaroos, island namesakes, bound forth,
across the road, as randomly
as ping pong balls.

Today the sea is
silent as paper yet
to be written on.

I am sitting in the back,
peaceful as the window.
We listen to the AM radio

we sing loudly
when we know the words.

Rhiannon Burner is a Trekkie – a Star Trek “tragic”. She has a first-class honours degree in Gender Studies from the University of Adelaide, is a former political staffer, and now works in the public service. Her self-confessed, excessive consumption of pop culture seriously gets in the way of the volume of poetry she’s otherwise been trying to write, for more years than she’d care to admit. Nothing, however, stops her from being a frequent and long-term visitor, to her favourite Kangaroo Island.

Readers’ original and unpublished poems of up to 40 lines can be emailed, with postal address, to A poetry book will be awarded to each contributor.

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