Balcony

Dusk. The freeway’s haze;
Green Australian gum trees
Soak up the spectrum.

Sparrows in the elms:
Fans dressed for a football match
Scale autumn’s ladder.

Australian icon:
Southern Cross windmill, rusted
By the passing cars.

Siamese cats scan
The corrugated iron
Roof for a sparrow.

Old kiln-works chimney,
You burn the earth into walls
Made of white moon bricks.

Red light makes silence.
A tram turns under the moon.
Green light makes more noise.

TV antenna
picking up beams like a glass
filled with week-old wine.

When the rosellas fly
Over my apartment block,
I love the country.

An art gallery.
A Mercedes parked outside.
I’m missing something.

A gigantic moon
Drowns out the traffic’s tide.
Hear my balcony.

First published in Ginyu (Troubadour), Japan, 2004.


About the author

Davey Dreamnation (1972–?) is an Australalian musician, vocalist, pirate and record-label owner who now lives 'in the third person'.

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