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Poem: The scenic route

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This week Poet’s Corner presents the last of a series of poems by Adelaide-born poet Adam.

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The scenic route

It seems so long ago
it was family
and kingdom
and God
to which we gave our lives.

Now we live for heart.

It sounds so nice: ‘the heart’.

But many things can sound
so nice.

In any case,
the heart of which we speak
be seen. Much like God.

And yet the heart is what I walk with.
I haven’t God,
I’ve only heart –
my only sword and shield
on a road our generation took
of buried god
and awkward heart.

So what to do but hope
it’s just the scenic route
to a better grasp
of both.

Adam is a Queensland-based Adelaide-born poet and founder of the Tatenda Open Mic Poetry event. He has published two books of poetry. His latest publication, ‘Best Not Talk About It’, a collection of political essays, was released in October last year. Discover more about Adam’s writing here.

Readers’ original and unpublished poems of up to 40 lines can be emailed, with postal address, to Submissions should be in the body of the email, not as attachments.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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