Poetry

Three Poems

Balancing Rock Thrust up out of New England’s soil— this granite boulders sits among other granite boulders— a “geological phenomenon” according to guide books, south of Glen Innes, off the highway. Neither egg-shaped nor ball-shaped, more like an inverted pear— a spinning top that never spins but balances on its edge, defying gravity and centuries of cold weather that have split it, chiselled it. Winter rains pour on to it. Moss dies, re-grows. Lichens decorate it in birthmark patterns. Crows sit hunch-backed on barbed-wire fences— cawing dismally across stony paddocks— peering into a brittle grey sky. Visitors come and go…

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