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Poem: Oasis

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Alana Potgieter reflects on the sanctuary of her garden in this week’s Poet’s Corner contribution.

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The water chorus of the birch leaves
tumbled silver by the breeze
celery chrysanthemums
tall feather grass swaying beneath the eaves

Under a cloudless azure heaven
a portable rain cloud falls sprinkling
sparkling spectrums over shrub and tree
From Outside hardly an inkling
intrudes into this quiet sanctuary

Yet this garden moves in its own silent riot:
the spotted doves compete
with sparrows for the summer sound
the ratchety crank of the wee willy wagtail
Rosella ripples
Honeyeater flitters
a blackbird chimes a wail
tiny compost armadillos crawl upon the ground
the rhythmic snip-click
of your nickel-backing shears

In the fullness of our Eden
You are the only Adam
and I the only Eve

Living in South Australia, Alana Potgieter is a veterinarian from South Africa who takes immense joy and inspiration from the natural world and feels a deep connection to it. She is most often to be found in the garden that she and her husband have created from the soil up, or reading a book with one of her spoilt kitties on her lap.

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