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From: Vol.07 N.02 – Writing in the Pause

Spring Mission

by Allan Lake

Of white and blue.

The page, the ink,

the shirt, the jeans.

Habits of creation.

Some struggle up a hill

to roll back down,

some wear fluorescent.

Up old ghost gums

along Elster creek

sulphur-crested cockatoos

yell for the hell of it.

I hum “Sunny” by B. Hebb

but slow tempo to suit

the mood, the age.

Worse songs are lifers

locked somewhere within.

Sun, doing what sun does

(cloud or not), receives

my divided adoration as

I sip espresso at beach cafe

before resuming journey

to court Emily D  –

a lone white sail, right there,

where blue sea weds bluer sky.

One must not be late.

Published: October 2020
Allan Lake

Originally from Saskatchewan, Allan Lake has lived in Vancouver, Cape Breton Island, Ibiza, Tasmania & Melbourne. Poetry Collection: Sand in the Sole (Xlibris, 2014). Lake won Lost Tower Publications(UK) Comp 2017 & Melbourne Spoken Word Poetry Fest/The Dan 2018. Poetry Chapbook (Ginninderra Press, 2020): My Photos of Sicily.

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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.