Ross Clark

(30 August 1953 - / Clark / Australia)

Second Names - Poem by Ross Clark

for Christobal Columb 23rd


the white, black, grey ones of magpie, crow or galah,
the oil-pastel spectrum of lorikeet or budgerigar,
a kookaburra's henna and ochre brown.
I find them all by looking down,
though the discourse of birds is surely overhead
amongst the branches and wires and posts.
And amongst the birdsong, I hear it said
that I pursue this mania so one day I may boast
the colours of heaven on my lap,
the feather of an angel in my cap.

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  • (9/16/2012 2:06:00 AM)


    I wonder if you remember me from University, Ross?
    The German and English Departments 1971-73.
    Doug Scotney
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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 23, 2012



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