Poems

Paul Williamson: Winter Break

Winter Break Briefly unencumbered we travel to warmth on a lazy island in the Keppel Group close to Yeppoon, on the coast near Rockhampton. Our small boat churns across the turquoise swell. A heavy rust-encrusted chain waits as mooring on a beach of white coral pieces, grey pebbles and sand. Pandanus nuts carpet the ground. Coconuts drop from trees and sprout warning signs. Brush thick-knees, the local curlews, stand like statues outside huts while a sacred kingfisher darts from a tree to glean insects. An osprey claims the nearby craggy peak to scan the ocean for prey as the sea…

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