29 December, 2011

Padlocks on Sea Cliff Bridge


We stopped to freeze some moments
upon this serpentine’s steely pavement

(where a Fay and a John,
a Janet and her Jason,
and hundreds of other couples later on—

locked padlocks to its railing,
and threw the keys into the sea roaring);


We stooped to throw a look at the distant horizon,
memories unchained slithering from a time ancient

when we vowed to exchange passkeys
to our otherwise padlocked hearts.
-- Wollongong 27/12/2011

27 December, 2011

Each time we

Each time we say Hey It’s Our Country!, we may be overstating the significance of our birthplace, ourselves or both.