Treasure Island

Patrick White

(September l5, l948 / Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada)

To A Young Poet

As you are now, and I have been
a long branch at the top of the tree
in a black spring, reaching out
for the fury of a distant star
to adorn your spine
with a leaf of light
that might be the sail
on a boat full of worlds
that will thunder like windfall fruit

[Hata Bildir]