J.S. Harry

[Jan] (1939 - / Australia)

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They use a pronoun called I
all the time. It seems to hop around
with them.
But you can’t see it properly
not all of it. Not like you can see
ears or whiskers,
or paw or a sun shadow.

This is what Peter tells the flowerbed rabbit
who lives deep in dark leaves
that grow straight to a sky of apple-red flowers.
She can’t read.
He shows her the straight line
her paw scraped
on the rained-on damp
green-growing ground: that’s “I”; he puts
two short, stiff twigs – one each – same length –
at the line’s
head & foot: that’s their
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