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Verge 2017 – Chimera


Belated Bulletin

Allan Lake

(for Myuran Sukumaran & Andrew Chan)

Why I walked along this canal

while you approached death from

a different direction is a mixture

of fate and luck for which there

seems no guide. In youth I too

provoked gods and law enforcers,

could have ended elsewhere

if shiny things had beckoned.

From a platform I might have

leapt upon the tracks to fetch

a golden ring but no ring fell

so I am calm by this canal

while your hearts are shattered.

Slight breeze rattles leaves on

this spring day. Blue of sky

accentuated by almost pure

white cumulus that look solid,

trees, grass and canal moss

backdropping contentment,

an idyllic construct somewhere

between Bali heat and Antarctica.

Sudden shots

from a nail gun do not startle

the black swans or their hapless

cygnets on the murky water,

which makes its way to cleansing sea.

Happened before; it’ll happen again

as long as people want things.

* Sukumaran & Chan: Two Australian drug traffickers executed by firing squad in Bali.

Verge 2017 – Chimera

   by Bonnie Reid, Aisling Smith and Gavin Yates