publishing poetry only

Monday's Poem

Kevin Gillam is a West Australian poet with poems published in numerous Australian and overseas journals. He has had two books of poems published, both by SunLine Press, Other Gravities in 2003 and permitted to fall in 2007. He works as a secondary school music teacher, free-lance 'cellist and conductor, and is married with two step-children.

© 2007 Kevin Gillam



you walk the land that first breathed
and flamed you. there's space, as if
God got bored, stopped, left the rest
to mind's eye. scrub lies low, in
sulk, on the scrim, hills. a hawk
loops, spins sky, drops, dives through you,
sews you back to ache and need.

you talk to clouds, sing the wind,
on your back, hours spent with weeds,
slow seep of damp. then called, home,
to dine on hush and bleed and
grief. hands froze then, on the wheel
that stole. 'you won't leave'. you don't
stay. you take the first that lands