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The Sleepout

Les Murray

Childhood sleeps in a verandah room
in an iron bed close to the wall
where the winter over the railing 
swelled the blind on its timber boom
 
and splinters picked lint off warm linen
and the stars were out over the hill;
then one wall of the room was forest
and all things in there were to come.
 
Breathings climbed up on the verandah
when dark cattle rubbed at the corner 
and sometimes dim towering rain stood
for forest, and the dry cave hunched woollen.
 
Inside the forest was lamplit
along tracks to a starry creek bed
and beyond lay the never-fenced country,
its full billabongs all surrounded
 
by animals and birds, in loud crustings,
and sometimes kept leaping up amongst them.
And out there, to kindle whenever
dark found it, hung the daylight moon.

Added: 25 Feb 2002 | Last Read: 27 Jul 2017 8:47 PM | Viewed: 4012 times

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