of cut country

(Art Gallery of WA Admin Building)

This was built of cut country
by exiled boys dreaming.
The high windows present their mouths,
stone-jawed. On each upper lip, a scroll
is a waxed moustache.

The wrought-iron fence has abstract paws,
marking the land with the Lion’s toes.
Its stemtops are sketches of buttercups,
pistils fisting from their iron centres.

one, two, three, many

(First published in Cottonmouth)