Poems: The Dingo & Beyond the Fence

These two poems by Elene Kontonikas and JK Brand shine a spotlight on the much-maligned Australian wild dingo and its natural environs.

The Dingo

by Elene Kontonikas

It came from the shadows
from behind
a place you never expected
could contain so much.
From nothingness
it appeared
staring into your face
glaring at your fear.
Fast and furious
it came
emptying you of everything
but you and it.
And then
off it went
leaving you behind.

Beyond the Fence

by J.K. Brand

Dawn comes brightly
with silence here
no song of river nor
orchard birds here
suddenly from behind dry tussocks
a land bridge or canoe traveller
from a green old world land
thriving here on a new one’s husk:
canis lupus dingo.

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Elene Kontonikas is an Adelaide artist and this is her second contribution to Poet’s Corner. JK Brand is a former contributor from Gosford NSW.

Readers’ original and unpublished poems up to 30 lines can be emailed, with postal address, to [email protected]. A poetry book will be awarded to each contributor.



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