States of Poetry Series Three - ACT | 'Fake Weather' by Miranda Lello

(after William Shakespeare, Richard III Act 1, Scene 1)

this winter of our discontent
dead leaves scutter on roads
sad! no one is sadder than me

the sun reports winter as
summer – fake news!
winds carry chill of snow

I won some victories
made crowns of branches
bruised arms stripped bare

fool trees ask the sky for care
stupid! sad! grab what you want
when you cannot prove a lover

fake news! you have determined
me a villain in this my winter
I make great again make bright

this weak piping time of
idle pleasures sportive tricks
was made for me for my shadow

night comes early
dogs bark at me as I halt
I am the saddest

like this breathing world
I am half made built from
drunken prophecies, libels and dreams

Miranda Lello

Miranda Lello

Miranda Lello

Miranda Lello is a Canberra poet and performer whose début poetry collection, A Song, The World To Come, was published in March 2017 by Recent Work Press. It took thirty-five years to write, and Miranda launched it on her birthday under a tree outside the National Film and Sound Archive, one of the places she loves most in Canberra. Miranda has performed regularly around Canberra over the past twelve years, including at The Salt Room, Canberra Slambouree, BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!, and at Smith’s Alternative. In 2011 she was a finalist in the National Poetry Slam. She has been a featured performer at the Noted Festival and has had multiple poems shortlisted for the University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize. She has had poems published in Axon: Creative Explorations, fourW, and the now long-gone Canberra journals Block and Burley.