B. R. Dionysius
Darling Downs Earless Dragon - Poem by B. R. Dionysius
Darling Downs Earless Dragon
Tympanocryptis cf. tetraporophora
The arms of his spiral galaxy were not punctured
With bright stars, but with buckets of bore water
For his mother’s native shrub garden. The immense
Pull of drought confined the scraggily callistemons
To a dense cluster in the house paddock, just beyond
Where the hose’s far-flung wavelets could penetrate.
Here, the dark soil yawned like a grain sack spilt open
As he poured the rusty swill into a black hole’s thirsty
Maw. It was here, one late afternoon at the absolute
Horizon of the day, that he noticed a pale white glow
Skulk into a crack’s dim singularity, as if the icy tail
Of a comet had been swallowed whole. The patterns
Of the lizard’s scales soaked into the gloom like water
Into the earth; no light escaping extinction’s pressure.
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