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

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