'Reason Six' by Chris Arnold | States of Poetry WA - Series Two

the text read:
Kissing you under an umbrella in rain
makes my list of favourite things;
a lunch crowd streamed around us.
we, dry in a cylinder,
sealed with that old golf umbrella’s
nylon night sky far from city lights –
I don’t recall why I didn’t walk you.
maybe the rain put its hands in pockets,
whistled east on Murray Street.
you left behind the scent of magnolia,
powder on a dark blue suit –
cheek relief on my shoulder –
foundation print on flax that escapes
authentication – a recollection I’ve kept
from the yellowing hands of sunlight, time and air.

Chris Arnold

Chris Arnold

Chris Arnold

Chris Arnold lives in Perth and used to work as a software engineer. He was published in Westerly’s first writers’ development program, and now works as the journal’s web editor. In 2017, Chris commenced a creative PhD at the University of Western Australia, where he is combining his background in programming with poetic composition. He aims to produce a narrative for hybrid print and electronic reading, and is working, at the time of writing, with generative text and audio.