from Wild Succession

Louise Crisp

 

16th Aug  
 

Two tall bright yellow murnong at the sandy track –

The young bow to the

Imminent spring

Looping

The cycle (of the year)

Across the plains –

 

Anticipate

The profusion

In Moormurng’s

Restricted estate

Where soon I find:

creamy candles

early nancies

milkmaids

twining fringe lilies

tiger orchids

bulbine lilies

button everlasting

billy buttons

scaly buttons

murrnong

blue squill

blue grass-lilies

chocolate lilies

spider orchids

salmon & plain

sun-orchids

widespread

& unfolding

throughout the open woodland

 

& elsewhere

in the isolated fragments of remnant grassland:

rare sites like exquisite stars

flaring intensely

before they are extinguished

one by one

and the darkening sky of the red gum plains

is

emptied

 

Microseris lanceolata

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stackhousia monogyna

Wurmbea dioica

Burchadia umbellate

Thysanotus patersonii

Diuris sulphurea

Bulbine bulbosa

Helichrysum scorpioides

Craspedia variabilis

Leptorhynchos squamatus

Microseris lanceolata

Chamaescilla corymbosa

Caesia calliantha

Arthropodium strictum

Caladenia phaeoclavia

Thelymitra rubra

Thelymitra nuda

 

 

 

 

 
Louise Crisp’s poetry collections include pearl & sea fed (Hazard Press NZ, 1994); Ruby Camp: a Snowy River series (Spinifex Press, 1998); Uplands (Five Islands Press 2007). A multimedia version of her long poem Grasses is available on-line at http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/poetica/grasses/3066184

Recent work has been published in Southerly  and Overland.

You can read the full poem Wild Succession here.

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