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Lullaby #7

by Vahni Capildeo

For the grieved and glad


Why did I make you wait so long?

Death is a passing state

Night comes late

The nature of a day is long


Strange angers come along

The street breathes us, we breathe the street

Why did I make you wait so long?

Death is a passing state


Sweet whispering

The street wears us, we wear the street

Too living to be late

Too dying to belong

Why did I make you wait so long?


The Dusty Angel (selection)

Published: October 2020
Vahni Capildeo

is Writer in Residence at the University of York, where their research focus is on silence. Recent work includes Skin Can Hold (Carcanet, 2019), Odyssey Calling (Sad Press, 2020) and Light Site (Periplum Poetry, 2020), reflecting Capildeo’s interest in place, plurilingualism, and immersive or participatory performance, such as Trinidad’s traditional masquerade.

An Australian and international
journal of ecopoetry and ecopoetics.

Plumwood Mountain Journal is created on the unceded lands of the Gadigal and Wangal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and to elders past, present and future. We also acknowledge all traditional custodians of the lands this journal reaches.