Katherine Gallagher

(7 September 1935 - / Maldon / Australia)

INTERNATIONAL - Poem by Katherine Gallagher

I take my countries as they come,
fall in beside other travellers
lifting their lives like lightweight
suitcases carried under the heart
— no questions asked.

On this trail I stake my futures,
know that beginnings are old hat
to be recognised like the moon's stare.

I tell myself this is no fool's
paradise, floating on clouds. Here
I ape survival, sing my cagey repertoire
and occasionally see myself dancing
in a space where hemispheres meet.

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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