Monday, December 3, 2012

Tuesday Poem - Promise of Storms by Graham Nunn

Promise of Storms

Always, in the late afternoon,
when the air is rusty with wattle blooms
the town gathers in its quietest corner

lining the road like a mob of roos.
In the front, women's knees flash
like winter apples split in half

between skirts and stockings
and men lean their arms against the coffin
ever so gently.

With their free arms
they brush pollen from black suits
clothes worn only for weddings and funerals.

And later that night they hang them
to be cleaned with vinegar and brush
unsure as to when they will be worn again.

I wonder what remains
after a small town funeral?
Not much hope, not much longing.

Maybe only pollen and the promise
of a storm, carrying its blessing
of new growth.

I came upon this poem in the latest issue of FourW and liked it a lot. In fact there is a lot of 
great stuff in the latest issue of FourW.
Graham lives in Brisbane and is currently raising funds for an indigenous literacy programme 
which is sorely needed. Sad but true. Check it out on his blog - Another Lost Shark


  1. Thank you so much for republishing this poem Jen and for the shout out about the Indigenous Literacy Fundraiser. Big Love, Graham

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