The Euphorbia and The Minnow

 

 

A night scene at Bunnings

To fossick among the drains

And bathroom bits

I, a mere minnow

Wide-eyed in Breughel’s world

Of workers in their metier

Setting up the weekend stock.

 

Ah little euphorbia, luminous

At dusk, tucked in a forest

Of plants being unpacked

And stacked as Nature

In her natural state.

Well met my breath of snowfall

In the aisles.

 

So the painter adds

The last remaining figures

As minatures. Painted in

Or out, a touch of wine-green

A dash of white sleet

We drive away, half-expecting

The horse and cart

 

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Epiphenomena

Imagined as trickle and rivulet

But simply a dripple of rain

Enough to fudge the soil with expectation

Of bud and bird-respecting

Visitation of purpose

Echinachae and dahlia disagree:

Cloud-mould sets a course

To sun-seek with bloom-day anticipation

Of blued song and wren’s return

Under shrub and pen

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Sans le jardin

For Nietzsche it was music

That sound so various

He penned reams,

Ideas undulating across

The waves of a clef

Without which

He proclaimed

“la vie serait une erreur.”

Never an error

Though a garden growing

Slowly through time

Measures life as a long

Note in major.

A musical one

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Bambinos

My little bambino Bougainvilleas…

A zulu and a gandhi tumbling in haste

To ramble over the rails

And fence, warrior and pacifist

Thorn and grace a passive

Defiance of order

And place

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Capaciousness

A car full of colour

Carefully transported garden-

Wards for planting

An expanse of green travel

Bobbing hopefully

With their companions

Home to ground

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Huntington Reds

The huntington reds take a shave

Their fresh green stalks grown

Leggy after rain soaked

Through the meadowpatch

A pause in the endless dry.

Now time sways as the suburb

Sinks into the rhythm of the year

The prunings planted for another try

At bush, burrow and breadth.

 

 

 

 

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