qld night garden (the dream of dragonfruit)



the night clatters and heaves

breathing mist brushed hasty

in rings around starlight pulsing shy-blue

undressing the dream of dragonfruit

wanton perfume-ladders to temptation

dams gleaming lake-grace of lotus

denying the mud asking stars for a mirror


spaces between stars stretch forward

their neck to glide the dark emu’s stride

the moist clamor of tree frogs cramming

rhapsody around clammy-cloaked shoulders

citradorea let-down euphoria slipping behind  

rosy-lemon curtains drawn discreetly around

lunar burying her face in lapels of clouds