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Outback III

June 13, 2009

I wish I knew another way to say
red
orange
amber
ochre
sunburned
sunkissed –
another way to describe
the clay
the earth
the soil,
the trees
the sky
the sand –
that I haven’t yet used,
that met more fully
the ancient earth sense of it.

Perhaps I could say
laughing, loving,
deep, shallow,
brown, broken, vast, whole,
home,
foreign,
landless sky and skyless land,
open
wordless
eye-quenching,
soul-holding.

Still it wouldn’t be enough
for land that roots you and sets you free,
for skies that ache against the earth like a lover,
for colours no hand can write
but only eyes and hearts can hold
for an instant
without time.

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