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From: Vol.08 N.01 – Embodied Belonging: Towards an Ecopoetic Lyric

Seasons Through the Kitchen Window

by Jax Bulstrode

the tree gives me mangos
I thumb them open slow
over the kitchen sink

thank the land for this medicine
pray to the dusty sun
and the coming mist

I am too sad today to bear witness
to the shifting of seasons
to the new leaves unfurling
instead, I mourn what was

eucalypt trees once tall lined my street
the bay clear and cobalt
free land not cement smothered

the sky is now not golden
but grey blurred

I watch the changing of it all
through the cobwebbed kitchen window

Published: November 2021
Jax Bulstrode

writes poems, usually about rivers or fruit or being queer. Jax has had work published in VerandahGemsWordly, and Blue Bottle Journal. You can find them online at @jaxlb1234 on Instagram. Jax lives and writes in Naarm/Melbourne.

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.