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Volume I, Number 2 (Summer 2007)
ISSN 1934-4324

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Rose Lucas

Dr. Rose Lucas is Senior Lecturer in English at the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies, Monash University, Australia

On the death of my Father

 In the early morning

of your death

you curled,


around your pillow

and followed


the soft tide of the night.


You were always early,

up before the rest of us -

a thin gold sliver

underneath the kitchen door and

I knew

you were breakfasting already,

ready for the day.



these days,

we shamble on in shadow,



on some mad, polar trek;

heads down,

we are desperate,

whipped close by bone-

whispering chill.



in this strange deep winter,

on this uncharted shelf

of drift

and treacherous ravine,

where dreams are fitful

and fracture the night

and wedge of day -

even here

in squall and white-out

I know you


to be my sweet, my

fixed mark,


in the beating of my heart,

in the roaring of my blood.


To celebrate Monica

The airy arms of the elm

open to

pale winter sun,

and we cluster

beneath them -


those of us still here,

with feet still clamped to

earth and soil and

root ;

mud-bound we

knit you

close, our fingers




we are come to

hear you whisper -

we wait on

the falling of a leaf -

in these quiet, these

wintery spaces:


we are barely warmed

and yet we smile, we

talk together and


in this mild wind,

in this new and hopeful




Grief gusts

and shakes at everything

that had once seemed

so sturdy;


sheets of roof


a wild and jagged dance

in wind, while



in their fragile panes;


this solid house

creaks and groans,

its tenure



precarious on this rough

promontory of soil and stick and rain.


Planted here,

in the crazed


of this cyclone's eye,

I plan to grow,

to see the bright stillness

of the morning,

to know again

the world washed clean.







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