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River (part x)

river gull

[two fragments]

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thief, thief
the gulls call
while you rush on breathing

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only you are able to make
your way back from that
voyage toward death

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River (part ix)

Brisbane river

[two fragments]

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a human being, is nearly all water:
this might explain why I feel so alive
when you slam your body into mine

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you are all boom & rush
while every other living thing
loosens its grip and slips away

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River (part viii)

brisbane-river-in-flood

[two fragments]

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when every wave is a suicide
the body hardly makes
a sound

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there is the river, and there is the story
of where the river goes, and then
more river

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River (part vii)

brisbane-floods-aerial-view

[three fragments]

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yesterday in a different voice
discussing emptiness
you flooded with sunlight

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with the water flowing
out of your body
you understand you lost direction

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you lift your head
and the sky rushes in to your mouth

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River (part vi)

brisbane_river

[two fragments]

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in your rejection of flight
you pinned the sky’s
legs to the bed

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salt settles into the wound:
a quiet moment before
the sharks begin
to circle

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River (part v)

Brisbane River City Reflection

[three fragments]

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it was like this before speech
a sliding body that sounds
like silk

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voices of the drowned
rise so whitely
they salt our throat

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the ruined parts of yourself
wear the city’s wake like a scar

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River (part iv)

Brisbane River-Aerial-photo

[two fragments]

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an urgent will
carries news of you
all the way to the sky

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so many dialects
brown blue green
to add depth to
your shadows

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