Tracy Ryan


Modesty on

the individual level

nevertheless it’s still



a choral mass

by virtue of each


feeble & reedy voice

joined to the next

and then it soars



arterial in reach

along every edge


you choose to travel

and some you don’t

ubiquitous at this


time of year but not

to be overlooked

just because slight,


pink & delicate,

underestimate at

your peril this tool


of puck or sprite

whose whole leaf

one day turns florid


kept out of the house

for its plain alias:

death come quickly.



Tracy Ryan is a Western Australian poet who has also lived for long periods overseas. Her most recent book of poems is The Water Bearer (Fremantle Press, 2018).

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