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Wangaratta to Wodonga

The full moon races beside the train

By Roderick MakimPublished 5 months ago Updated 5 months ago 1 min read
Runner-Up in Full Moon Challenge
Wangaratta to Wodonga
Photo by HARALD PLIESSNIG on Unsplash

On the night train between

Wangaratta and Wodonga

The moon rises from the plain

Palest yellow to silver white

Flickering between stringybark and redgum

Shadows and

I’m back in the home of the gumtrees

After seeing them everywhere I went.

Gumtrees in Batumi offering shade

By the train tracks racing the waves

Of the Black Sea.

Cracking cement sidewalks

In Tirana and dotting

The Adriatic beaches from Bari to Porti di Vasti.

An odd colonisation

In reverse

Eucalypt invasion

Flame-oil grey-green vanguard

Of gumtrees and

Every place I went I thought

These bloody trees have

Got there first.

A row of streetlights in some nameless little town

Somewhere after Wangaratta

Floats beneath the moon

As it flies beside

The train

Forming an artificial alter

Of light for Luna to continue

Her rise.

Grain silos compete with the gumtrees

To flicker out the moon’s light

As we approach Wodonga in the dark.

The last time I was here

All was drought

Now water lays on the ground in

Pools of light full of

Elongated reflections of a second moon

Sunken to earth.

Nightlights on the ground until

The pools evaporate.

nature poetry

About the Creator

Roderick Makim

Read one too many adventure stories as a child and decided I'd make that my life.

I grew up on a cattle station in the Australian Outback and decided to spend the rest of my life seeing the rest of the world.

For more: www.roderickmakim.com

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  • Alison McBain4 months ago

    Such a beautifully told poem that paints the moonlit scene with vivid imagery. Love it! Congrats on the contest.

  • Em Starr4 months ago

    As an Australian, I loved this poem! It evokes such a strong sense of the beautiful yet unforgiving Aussie climate...I can smell the eucalyptus!

  • Ward Norcutt4 months ago

    what fantastic imagery here, Roderick!

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