'Jealousy of the Undertow/Tombstone' by Lionel Fogarty | States of Poetry Queensland - Series One

The need to recall the journey
Is her gift to her children?

They are the perfect journalists
To inscribe her tombstone

Outside my bedroom window
I see them walking the path to my door

Who understands the logic?
That they look so much like me

Meanwhile what a lousy deal
They will also in heart my life

This heat reminds me of a certain freedom
Is hell the detour to heaven?

Until our bones prevent us
From dodging an eternal life

I wonder if she even spoke to God?
The bird that sits in the tree outside my window

A thousand rivers, collided and changed direction
Within my chest
I realise there is much more journey to be done

Lionel Fogarty

Lionel Fogarty

Lionel Fogarty

Lionel Fogarty is from the South Burnett region of southern Queensland. His first collection of poetry, Kargun, was published in 1980, and he has published eight further collections, as well as a children's book, Booyooburra, a traditional Wakka Wakka story.