James Charlton

(1947 - / Melbourne / Australia)

James Charlton Poems

1. Absence 5/23/2012
2. Luminous Bodies 5/23/2012
3. Koonya, Cape Barren Island, 1828 5/23/2012
4. On A Day Of Still Heat 5/23/2012
5. Yellow-Tailed Black Cockatoos 5/23/2012
6. To Governor George Arthur In Heaven 5/23/2012
7. Sister Spider 5/23/2012
8. Truganini’s Soliloquy 5/23/2012

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Truganini’s Soliloquy

I have known Earth’s texture
like another skin.
All my life I have seen
the unseen entities. Each one
reflects a light beyond colour,
a light which paints
all colour into being.

When I was young, a white man
came to my shelter.
He’d heard the night-chorus,
but complained he couldn’t sleep,
having failed to hear the song behind the noise.
And when the new-created light
quivered through the slattings,
and shoals of eucalypt leaves
waved their shadows over us,
he wanted blinds, curtains.

I think he only saw Earth’s foreground -
his ...

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