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The Dusk by Robert Gray


A kangaroo is standing up, and dwindling like a plant

with a single bud.

Fur combed into a line

In the middle of its chest,

a bow-wave

under slanted light, out in the harbour.

And its fine unlined face is held on the cool air:

a face in which you feel

the small thrust-forward teeth lying in the lower jaw,

grass-stained and sharp.

Standing beyond a wire fence, in weeds,

against the bush that is like a wandering smoke.


and its white chest, the underside of a growing mushroom,

in the last daylight.


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