Off the beaten track …

Eucalypt trees and a red dirt track

blue mountains in the distance;

Ghost gums in the searing heat,

sign-post to an abandoned shack;

splintered wood and a crushed tin mug

a lonely life’s last artefact .

A shingle-back skink with leisurely gait

moves with primeval ease

from beneath the orange leaves of a bush

flowering between the trees.

Under the hallucinatory sun,

with this reptile’s accepting grace,

a long-lost world appears …

an ancient time; an ancient place;

an illusory untouched kingdom.

About atomsofstars

Reticent .. but I hope my poetry speaks for me .. Favourite quotation .. ' Uttering a word is like striking a note on the keyboard of the imagination.' Ludwig Wittgenstein
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