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Special N.02 – Poets speak up to Adani

Hope For Whole  

by Jill Jones


No!   No boom-town   no brown current

no smoky vessel   no swollen cooked mud

no slop shock   no money juggle

no ghost bloom   no blunt petrol hull

no smudge rock   no possess.

Yes!   Keep the lode under.


Hope for old flows to grow

polyp  sponge  weed

rock  mollusc

worm  turtle  dugong.


Conserve, do not stress.

Love the blue levels

the upwell   the fluent spheres under

guyot  gull sweep  storm hover

sky green fluxes  fresh flume.

Defend exoskeletons, broken hydro-forest.

Stop runoff  overuse.

Don’t cut holes under clouds.


You new crown-of-thorns, go!

No short-term clever

no smoke-burn genus murder.



Keep us hold whole.

Let enfold of

north to south

whole blue current

whole source flush blood

mother cells.


Hope for whole country

not those who would strop

or cull reef.

Keep touch the swell deep course.


(Contains no ‘a’ or ‘i’ vowels – No Adani)

Published: August 2022
Jill Jones

is a poet and writer from Sydney, Australia. She is a senior lecturer at the University of Adelaide.

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