Treasure Island

Les Murray

(17 October 1938)

Poems of Les Murray

1. A Retrospect Of Humidity 1/13/2003
2. Amanda's Painting 1/13/2003
3. An Absolutely Ordinary Rainbow 1/13/2003
4. Aurora Prone 1/13/2003
5. Bat's Ultrasound 1/13/2003
6. Cockspur Bush 1/13/2003
7. Comete 1/13/2003
8. Flowering Eucalypt In Autumn 1/13/2003
9. Inside Ayers Rock 1/13/2003
10. Late Summer Fires 1/13/2003
11. Music To Me Is Like Days 1/13/2003
12. Noonday Axeman 10/15/2005
13. On Home Beaches 1/13/2003
14. On The Borders 1/13/2003
15. Performance 1/13/2003
16. Pigs 1/13/2003
17. Poetry And Religion 1/13/2003
18. Predawn In Health 1/13/2003
19. Shower 1/13/2003
20. The Aboriginal Cricketer 1/13/2003

Amanda's Painting

In the painting, I'm seated in a shield,
coming home in it up a shadowy river.
It is a small metal boat lined in eggshell
and my hands grip the gunwale rims. I'm
a composite bow, tensioning the whole boat,
steering it with my gaze. No oars, no engine,
no sails. I'm propelling the little craft with speech.
The faded rings around the loose bulk shirt
are of five lines each, a musical lineation

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