First Person

Short Takes VIII

22/3/87 Below Dairy Flat Bridge Returning to Queanbeyan in the pre-dawn after being present at the birth of my second son, I stopped at the Dairy Flat Bridge and went down to stand beside the Molonglo River. The east beyond the airport was beginning to brighten. The sky was a profound blue from which most of the stars had now receded. But high above the horizon was a curved moon, and placed exquisitely below this, very bright, was the morning star. In their configuration the two resembled the fabulous sultan’s dagger with pendant miniature clock that I had once seen…

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