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Poems from the shoreline

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In two poems in today’s Poet’s Corner, Rory Harris is inspired by aspects of an Adelaide northern beach and its esplanade.

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the wind on a fresh shaved cheek
goose pimpled, sun in & out

behind the clouds, a language
wear the jumper or not

& the shore break
unhinged from the tide

a rattle of leaves
the lawn drenched from last night’s rain

a scarf becomes a flag & then a kite
into the take-off, swirls along the boardwalk


the out of step
string of us an hour

after dawn
plastic wrap & walking

the shore line
habit of a life

between the piers
of nod & swing

stepping through
suburbs hugging

the Esplanade

Rory Harris, one of Poet’s Corner’s very first contributors in its ‘Independent Weekly’ print days, teaches at Christian Brothers College in Wakefield Street, where he is currently the Faith & Liturgy co-ordinator. His most recent poetry collection, ‘Beach’, was published last year.

Readers’ original and unpublished poems of up to 40 lines can be emailed, with postal address, to Submissions should be in the body of the email, not as attachments. A poetry book will be awarded to each accepted contributor.
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