Poem: Overture (for Write from the Heart, August 2020)

The smell of cowpats mixed with sun-warm grass and wildflowers,

Rough bark and silken butterfly wings,

Muddy lake feet and pursed lemon lips,

Bonfire crackle and the cracking of crab shell,

Crimson sun melting into indigo,

And the cricket sings.

The velvet night holds secrets and promises,

Soft laughter and guitar strings,

The mysterious clink of glasses,

Skin touching skin,

The symbols you are yet to understand.

Weary limbs and eyes sink into soft cotton sheets,

Enveloped in the certainty that this summer will last forever,

Or at least for long enough.


My entry didn’t place this month, though I still consider it a decent effort (and the winning entry was simply outstanding). I was also working hard on the second draft of my book about my walk to Berlin, so after the initial flash of inspiration for this poem I didn’t find the time to go back over it.

September entries are now open and the theme is “spring” . This month’s charity is Beyond Blue, an organisation that works on suicide prevention and helps people with mental health issues – a cause dear to my heart. Head on over to https://writefromtheheart.com.au/ for more info on the competition and how to enter. Writers of all levels welcome! And for only 2 AUD you can help support a good cause. Go on, you can do this!




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