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Curfew — August 4, 2020

Curfew

parting one point five

among the lavender

a myna feather

 

 

five k ruled radius

behind a fence

frayed bird of paradise

 

 

mask-less men at work

the seven sides of a stop sign

 

 

a grey gum forks

electric wires

my muzzled breath

 

 

distant school bell sings

suitcase on the nature strip

 

 

in roller-blade knee pads

an old man paints

 

 

the broken lock

on a gate that swings

stage four curfew

 

 

eight pm

rings around the August moon

 

 

3rd August 2020, Melbourne

Melbourne Summer 2020 — January 23, 2020
Passport — April 24, 2017

Passport

on turquoise ground

rooftops are flag forced

revolution red

 

risking reprisals

yellow stars are ripped

on the city outskirts

 

in homage to a stolen lama

a Shigaste restaurateur

pull curtains

over Beijing’s chosen Panchen

 

old man whispers of a secret

picture of Dalai

 

in the capital

binoculars pore over prostrations

and Buddha’s blessings are molested

at temple gate checkpoints

 

machine gun operators

operating their lungs

over chanting nomads

 

om mani padma hung

clockwise hum plaited

into hair of pilgrims

 

a Tibetan grandmother

holding my arm

guiding me to spin

the prayer wheel

 

in the base of my belly

in my neck

behind my eyes

in my right breast

 

melted butter

and sage fired

Jokhang air

 

a ticket home

 

one way permeability

 

all Tibetan passports

were confiscated in 2012

 

 

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Sanctuary — December 3, 2016
Mountain Ash — May 1, 2015

Mountain Ash

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clothed in my embrace

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amniotic fluid

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weeps into his face

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Dedicated to William Ricketts who sleeps peacefully under the majestic Ash.

A reading of Mountain Ash can be found here. To You who read and listen

 endless love and see you down the road

oxo

Bec