Poem: Fleurieu Peninsula

Oct 14, 2015, updated Oct 27, 2015

In this week’s Poet’s Corner, Erica Jolly looks at life’s balances with poems from her commended new book, Making a Stand.

Fleurieu Peninsula

Some seek the key to healing sleep
in your quiet winter green curves.

You seem to invite pillowed rest
for work-worn minds and hearts.

My friend sees lovers’ shapes
moving beneath cloudy sheets.

At the airport

In silhouette
a white-faced heron rests on barbed wire
setting its mark upon the world.

He mocks the heavier form
rising above that fence
hurling itself skyward.

Sharply etched –
at home on this grey day
he’s free.

To avoid thinking about the stock market

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See tiny fruit begin to form
on apricot and plum.

Inhale the spring-time perfume
of glowing life in purple fig.

Pick a sweet Meyer lemon
to give zest to a casserole.

Enjoy white buds of Valencia
soon to bring orange blossom.

Take time to watch
mulberry leaves uncurl.

Erica Jolly graduated from Adelaide University with honours in history, and gained her Masters in English Literature from Flinders University. She taught and held curriculum positions in secondary schools for 40 years, has been elected to the Flinders University Governing Council and Academic Senate, helped establish and combine various faculties and schools there, and been an official university donor and supported a student bursary for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. She has authored five books, two on South Australian social history, three of her poetry. Her poems here today are from her latest book of poetry, Making a Stand, reviewed in InDaily in August.

Readers’ original and unpublished poems of up to 40 lines can be emailed, with postal address, to [email protected]. A poetry book will be awarded to each contributor.


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