Stillness, quiet

the smell of dust in the air.

Cold clear nights, cold noses

under a million stars.

Dry grass, cracked earth

the ground peppered with quartz.

Striped gums, yellow gums

pepper trees laden with pink corns.

Kangaroos alert, feeding

mobs of bounding roos.

Galahs grazing, chattering

flocks wheeling overhead.

Gumnuts, slivers of bark

a carpet of dry leaves.

Stillness, quiet

in the tall spindly, silent grey bush.

 – © Lindsey Wood, ifh2015

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