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Friday poem #5 – from Thylazine – Michelle Cahill

27 Feb

Today we go back to Oz Poetry and forward to some newer voices, courtesy of Thylazine and their TWELVE AUSTRALIAN POETS SERIES 2. I have chosen something by Michelle Cahill, born in Kenya. “Her first collection of poetry The Accidental Cage was Best First Book with Interactive Press 2006 and was listed among the Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Books for 2006.”

Waves

You tell me how it feels
to be inside the glass of a wave,
quiet as a womb
with the force to pitch
against the velvet rocks
what skims iridescent
from its dark mouth.
Sea-gulls angle off the point
where I watch the grommets,
black seals in wet-suits
with livid lips.
When the wind turns
the sea wears a mask of mercury,
begins to swirl and chop.
The sky is spitting rain,
the surfers paddle back.
I wonder when love turns.
You scramble down the cliff
sprint across the rocks.
Now the waves close out
a monologue wracked
by contradiction.

A “grommet” is a young or inexperienced surfer.

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1 Comment

Posted by on February 27, 2009 in Australia and Australian, OzLit, poets and poetry

 

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One response to “Friday poem #5 – from Thylazine – Michelle Cahill

  1. Catatonic Kid

    February 28, 2009 at 2:06 am

    Gorgeous.

    “Black seals in wet-suits/with livid lips” may haunt me a little tonight 😉

     

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