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From: Vol.05 N.02 – Make It So


by Les Wicks

Hard to be deep in a Sydney summer.

Kids at the Cronulla surf carnival slash at the water while

a pod of dolphins refuses to worry.

Unburdened planes take off –

they’re all empty because no one is leaving this.


Even I have energy & the water fountain

is sponsored by ANSTO[1].

Each evil will die sooner or later than me,

I look up as the fish applaud.


Regrets have the crusty veracity of scabs.

Why didn’t I ever keep a real job? I

could have started a cult, was

a half-good railworker for a while.

Inner city,

but near the coast

social equity

but I was never social.


In my head

life & decay metastasise equally, something

akin to justice

before a jury of gulls.

[1] Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation

Published: July 2018
Les Wicks

has toured widely and seen publication in over 350 different magazines, anthologies & newspapers across 28 countries in 13 languages. His 13th book of poetry is Getting By    Not Fitting In (Island, 2016).

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.