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One Return by Nicolette Stasko


Needles of the casuarinas

are pale green hair

white cockatoos

in the trees

like sheets of paper

clean handkerchiefs

unfolding in the wind

all is silent

except the rumbling

of the train past

two old men on dry grass

basking in the sun

seagulls lost

in a grey parking lot

a half eaten melon—

rind of last night’s moon

leaves turn purple

in the falling dusk

the train

rumbles on

everything held together

by an eye


Source: The ABC Book of Australian Poetry: a treasury for young people compiled by Libby Hathorn (ABC Books 2010)