Pageantry of the Australian Bush


Pageantry of the Australian Bush

the Papilio butterfly opens
and closes stained glass
window wings,
a living diptych

an Intellagama lizard,
“a water dragon”,
settles like rock on rock in
its banded, sedimentary skin

an echidna marches past
with desert slowness,
a phalanx of spines

scarab beetles sport bronzed
armour, elytra, and scutella …
“little shields”

birds cry out the boasts
of Greeks and Trojans
to the air

raptors, in the form of black
kites, bring Promethean
fire to the grassland,
and their prey begin to run

Julian O’Dea

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Maryse on November 9, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    Your poems create technicolour images for me, Julian – such perfectly fitting words.


  2. Posted by fuzziewuzziebear on November 11, 2019 at 12:25 am

    It is so very different from what I am used to, and you are headed into summer too.

    She is Japanese, so it is unlikely that she would be anything other than brunette. She does have a sweet voice. The song is very jarring, because we are used to hearing it in German or English.


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