Kalgoorlie In Five Senses
The gentle, dry chill of winter;
the thrill of saltbush on my tongue.
The endless stretch of red-dirt road;
the smell of almond flowers, smoke.
Nan's quavering voice;
Pop's slow, shuffling steps.
More years have passed
than are comfortably countable,
since that day I chased you
across our school oval,
shrieking your triumph
You no longer care for art – spend the days
plotting getaways with your boyfriend,
planning for a mortgage –
but that doesn't dull the moment
when at last I'd caught you up
and my words began to register:
the slow ignition of your grin;
your blush; the pride in your eyes
as they teared with disbelief.
These days, it's my turn
to smile and cry.
Gareth Trew is a young Australian poet who lives in a state of constant confusion. As well as creative writing, he is keenly interested in the performing arts -- particularly acting, though he does dabble in directing on occasion and likes to think he can sing.
Poetry in Aldeburgh 2017
7 months ago