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Category: Ali Cobby Eckermann

smoke

from within the wattle-bush hide

she observes a smoking ash ghost

it is tall like emu

its face galah pink

seemingly oblivious to the rain

it emits the strange odour

how can it smoke fire

breathe smoke from its mouth

maybe it is a fire man

maybe the rain is putting it out

like water

on hot coals

from Ruby MoonlightFind more by Ali Cobby Eckermann at the library

Copyright © 2012 Ali Cobby Eckermann
Used with the permission of Flood Editions.

shelter

there is a bend along the river

where fish slow in shallow water

she hears them splash

in the shelter of sandstone

under the overhang hidden by trees

she slumps in shadowed sorrow

in this overhang a cool breeze blows

language sings on her skin

she lies within prayer and prospect

there is little movement

days pass without incident

she tunes to river flow

from Ruby MoonlightFind more by Ali Cobby Eckermann at the library

Copyright © 2012 Ali Cobby Eckermann
Used with the permission of Flood Editions.

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