and the rivers run with antibodies

Julie Maclean

 

in blood-blue arteries of artless flight and gather

egrets meet and feed

in shallow

shadow           peace

and blue

 

on sand bars ochre red

beaks and birds feed as cells

 

cancer breeds like birds

 

birds in shallows         deep

eat and eat

 

feed in blood

in blood-blue river     river of blood

and bird

 

they       nod

and      nod

honed scythes innate

slash the cancer down

 

eat the fish

the cancer fish

fish and cancer feed

 

blue arteries collapse

and fold as egrets feed

on drought

rare treat

and cancer tides

 

Julie Maclean’s second poetry collection Kiss of the Viking (Poetry Salzburg) was published in 2014. A collaborative pamphlet, To Have To Follow, is due in 2016. Her work appears in Poetry (Chicago), The Best Australian Poetry and elsewhere. Blogging at www.juliemacleanwriter.com

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