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From: Vol.01 N.01 – Ecopoetic Ruminations

The Budawangs

by Dorothy Swoope

The shape of the mountains shift

through the day’s changing light


to the last silhouette

inked against the magenta sky.


Poised at the portal

between the final bird song


and the nocturnal chorus,

the mountains stand alone


elemental, pared down

to pure definition


and in a breath

they are absorbed into the night.

Published: January 2014
Dorothy Swoope

is a poet and long-time resident of the South Coast, New South Wales. Her writings have been published in newspapers, anthologies and literary magazines in Australia and the USA. A collection of poems, The touch of a word, was published in 2000. Inspiration is everywhere.

An Australian and international
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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.