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Fruitless Farmland (a poem)

by Svetlana Sterlin 11 months ago in nature poetry
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A poem about the Australian landscape and those who claim ownership of the country.

Photo by @ruralexplorer via Unsplash

Fruitless farmland

avocado sunset

red wine sunset

algae sunk hills

cake crumbed soil

spirits flowing the river

split sunrays falling the water

//

this land is not our home.

at this time of day

valley of cracked amethysts

valley of diamonds at sunup

valley of granite at deadnight

purple chocolate sunset

//

autumn leaf sunup

beach hazed roadtrip

trip through pebbled path

this land is not our home.

it begs dreads us to go home.

windowless warehouse sunset

//

so much food we can’t eat

this land is not our own.

mango tree over the yard

rooted in our neighbours’ yard

the land is not our own.

slippery salmon sunset

//

when can we go home?

i picked a lemon today

from the neighbours’ orchard

when will we go home?

another dreaded sunset

this land is not our own.

//

cutouts of cloned waves

i choose the colour yellow

smudged ash sunset

over a land that isn’t home.

droop the bloodlines in your face

this land is not your home.

//

[Originally published in Urinal Mag]

nature poetry

About the author

Svetlana Sterlin

Svetlana Sterlin is a prose, poetry, and screenwriter based in Brisbane, Australia. She's the founding editor of swim meet lit mag, a contributor at Our Culture Magazine, and a reader for Split Rock Review. https://linktr.ee/svetlanasterlin

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