'After the Rain' by Liam Ferney | States of Poetry QLD - Series Two

What happens after the rain is pure speculation
And this is a weekend where I exhale my body weight
In cigarette smoke and a hangover’s regrets
And The Boss’ call and response calibrates
And my city blossoms like an orchid or a cancer
Spreading over an investor’s heritage listing
And this is what it’s like when the evening three step
Picks up a fourth The heart’s dervish
Or a carnival ride carny have let certification slide on
The first responders aren’t responsible for mopping viscera
The inquest will record points of impact velocity
Lay appropriate blame but never explain
               The urge to buy the ticket in the first place

Liam Ferney

Liam Ferney

Liam Ferney

Liam Ferney's most recent collection Content (2016, Hunter Publishing) was shortlisted for the Judith Wright Calanthe Award. His previous collections are Boom (2013, Grand Parade Poets) and Popular Mechanics (2004, Interactive Press). He is a media manager, poet and aspiring left back living in Brisbane.