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now i have moved out for good. / farewell fairy bread, farewell forehead / kisses, farewell mum’s wedding rings

A thin, knobbly, twisting tree truck extends from the bottom left side of the image and transitions Illustration by Maya Hall

now i have moved out for good.

farewell fairy bread, farewell forehead

 

kisses, farewell mum’s wedding rings, the

gold loop-de-loops they constructed between

 

my shoulder blades, farewell lavender

winters. in rushes adulthood with

 

all its dark water. i’ve been trying harder

in the city, touching the bark of

 

every tree when i walk outside,

searching for a world to grow old with.

 

i’ve been wading knee-deep into

poems of lukewarm earnestness and

 

just standing there, while they glide

politely around my calves. i’ve been

 

trying to fix my pen grip, which has been

wrong since year four, my stubborn fingers.

 

i’ve been used to getting everything right and

now here i am on the street with my hands up

 

against the trees, asking to wash their

feet, asking if my fingers make logical shapes,

 

is my thumb too fond of the first pointer

knuckle? dad sends me a photograph: plovers

 

on excursion in the industrial sector of

caringbah. nature arrives astonishingly

 

he says and the birds supernova from the

tree i’m venerating, calling to each other

 

across the long hours of the air.

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