Joe Massingham, AU
From my breakfast spot
I look out over the terrace
down the terra cotta path
beneath two green and white
smothered arches and over
a gravelly strand where a
plaster swan has stood patiently
twenty years or more, staring
expectantly, waiting for a pond
to appear so that she might
slip in and have a swim.
I’d like her patience to be
rewarded but, sadly, I ‘m
pretty sure it never will,
not in my lifetime, anyway.
In that soft dark just before dawn
the swan glides, motionless,
upon the slatey waters of sleep.
she makes no ripple on the lake.
I hold my breath, yet, somehow,
a zephyr breeze escapes
and whispers in the lash fine feathers,
bidding her awake.
She stirs, and in that instant,
Massingham was born in the UK but has lived the
second half of his life in Australia .His major
employment has been as a Navy officer, university
student from first degree to PhD, tutor, lecturer
and Master of Wright college, University of New
England, NSW. He has run his own writing and editing
business but retired early because of cancer and
heart problems and now spends time waiting to see
medical practitioners, writing poetry and prose and
smelling the roses.
He has had work published in Australia , UK, USA and
Joe Massingham's first appearance in Sketchbook.