The Passage of Presence - Three Rengay 

Lorraine Haig & Kristen Lang

A Thousand Undulations

(Kristen / Lorraine)

wind
rippling the cloud
upriver
 
one hundred kilometres
of corrugated road

 
seabed hoisted
to the mountain top
wrinkled stone
 
in late sun
a thousand undulations
over sand

 
under the branch – the skin
of the gum tree all in folds
 
island ferry
the shimmer of its wake
at sunset


 

Footprints

(Lorraine / Kristen)
 
graveyard tap
the black cat stretches
for a drip
 
the blue tongue’s slow tail
lost in the shadows

 
lifting the bee
to a patch of sun
wattle blossom
 
switching on
the verandah light
for the quoll

 
the echidna’s shortcut
under the fence
 
last night’s storm
the dog wetting her tongue
in a puddle

 

 
A Shift in the Landscape    

(Lorraine / Kristen)
 
new house
a paddock of trees
now a bonfire
 
under the city
pipelines of an ancient town

 
sunset
the high-rise shadows
stretch to the sea
 
his old home –
the ghost of a chimney
at the roundabout

 
cliff-face crumbling
into the ocean
 
flood damage
a pre-Jurassic thigh bone
under the rubble

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