Poetry

Now They’re Gone

It starts as a visual thing; first you watch, then a feeling intervenes: puffs of colour dust the hillsides, brief explosions that don’t subside when their first bursts strike into your field of vision. Not trees but primaries: they wrap the side of a house, overlap one another in bright shocks of red, redder, pure pillar box. Forget the trees, only colours seize the mind. When leaves change from green to red our souls ache with longing—for what? Who would know? Transient as the air we breathe, feelings wash through us and leave as though they never meant to stay.…

Subscribe to get access to all online articles

Digital Subscription

$68/ YR

Get the latest ideas from Australia’s most insightful writers.

Subscribe

  • Digital Subscription includes
  • Online editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • Printed editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • iPad ready PDF
  • Access to Quadrant Archives
  •  
  •  

Printed & Digital Subscription

$87/ YR

For avid readers of leading ideas
from Australia’s brightest.

Subscribe

  • Printed & Digital Subscription includes
  • Online editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • Printed editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • iPad ready PDF
  • Access to Quadrant Archives
  •  
  •  

Quadrant Patron

$300/ YR

Show your support for Australia’s
most open minded publication.

Subscribe

  • Quadrant Patron includes
  • Online editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • Printed editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • iPad ready PDF
  • Access to Quadrant Archives
  • All new editions of Quadrant Books
  • Exclusive invitations to Quadrant Dinners, book launches and events.