january 2000, sydney

Cecil St, Ashfield, Sydney, upon which I dwelt, with thanks to the photographer.

the trees on this street
hold it_ arrest our wandering
in an air the sun_ the bared touch
of the sun has inflamed.

the trunks are forward
in space_ not upward through
the leaves of this summer
rememberless turning
a breeze

rain on the bark smells
of an autumn wine
cloud on a river_ that wind
over a shoal of leaves
dark shells

night a standing down
in earth wind a quiet
ignited on the leaves
releasing our dreams
their reach our own.

Copyright ©2022 Peter Le Baige.  All Rights Reserved

Click on the link above to hear a reading of the poem.  The accompanying music is from the track ‘Opus’ from the 2009 compilation album ‘Playing The Piano / Out Of Noise’ by Japanese composer & musician Ryuichi Sakamoto.

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