States of Poetry 2016 - South Australia | 'Elaterid, Harbinger' by Thom Sullivan

a beetle enamoured with my lamp : a harbinger
of spring : as if the tree blossoming
on the footpath opposite was not enough :
or the budding persimmon : or the bottlebrush flowers
i didn't notice until today : there's evidence of spring :
in abundance : the enduring dusk : that's holding
still : days that are shifting south : subtly :
to an alternate frame of evergreens : an alternate room :
throwing the first shadows on the eastern wall :
on the bedside table : a book of half-read poems :
a half-read book of poems : the last of the light :
gone from the wall : from the skyline :
a breeze at the open window : portent of a cooler night :
the tree on the footpath knows it : the persimmon
knows it : deep in its cells : the beetle knows it :
the days are shifting southwards : subtly : altering the frame :


Thom Sullivan

Thom Sullivan

Thom Sullivan

Thom Sullivan is a poet and editor from Wistow/Bugle Ranges in the Adelaide Hills. A short collection of his poems, 'Airborne', was published in New Poets 14 in 2009. Since then he has edited or co-edited seven books of poetry, including Light & Glorie, an anthology of poems about stained glass, with Aidan Coleman. His poems have appeared in The Best Australian Poems 2014, The Best Australian Poems 2015, Australian Love Poems, Cordite, Transnational Literature, and Eureka Street. He lives in Adelaide, where he works in public policy.

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