To see what we see
Blue are the patches of sky as they seep through the apple tree’s blossom Bright are the lights by the riverbed streaming through skyscrapers’ liquid glass Dazzling are the sparks as they dance between our eyes with gladness to see what we see and to hold what we hold.
Your eyes are sprouting droplets. The liquid streams among the rocks. Autumn is everywhere – gently cooling down. Other spots on the globe spring to life – blooming colours bursting warm-luminous hues their sunny short shadows hugging earth. Then winter lands, following seasons’ flow you shiver, hide inside. Leaves leave some trees – the European ones. The blood is cool, almost still in reptiles’ veins, growth is slow-mo, a huge yawn covers the land. The cloud’s tongue promises life when licking earth. Green shoots are in the waiting. You walk the Uluru trail, sniffing air in readiness. The guide book in your hands shows plants and crawlies. The right pages tell what to expect, how the pulse may quicken or slow down in the chill, in the wet or dry, as it comes and as you learn to accept like the red that’s all around and the artists, their dotting marking ways through their dreaming inviting you into yours.
Sara Abend-Sims is a UniSA graduate in Teaching (Visual Art) and Counselling. She exhibited her art work for a number of years, before concentrating on poetry and fiction writing. She is the recipient of two Community Literary Award first prizes, in 2009 and 2015. Her work can be found in this year’s Friendly Street Poet’s Anthology, the Kensington and Norwood Writers’ Group Anthology, and online at Adelaide Campbelltown Council’s website, and this month in the US literary e-journal Haibun Today.
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