SECOND PRIZE - POETRY
DISTILLATION CASEY MICHELL-TON KIN
Budding young architect Reclines in lounge room, leg Elevated from knee Surgery, in blue shirt And white footy shorts, low Cropped hair. Back of car drive To Roseworthy to jump From diving board, message: Year twelve retreat from heat Wave. Esky stocked empty Calories; young mind stocked Classroom memories.
Budding young architect Crouched over cracked surf board. Door with no handle swings Open, spills harsh light on Leather chair in empty Room expecting toiletRoll cricket matches: “Winner gets dismembered Eyeglasses!” CDs and Playing cards strewn end to End – fortified region To attack disks of info
Pure drowning existence Beneath waves lapping from Bombs and flips. Uncertain Striped board shorts and long hair Placed in boot of own car: Consequence of drinking. Straight roads turn suddenly – Forgetful sensation Of left or right; azure Sky of deepest summer; Clear bald life-filled roadside Landscape – dried body sprawled –
Behind plastic drum set Played shirtless by children Devoid of musical Potential. Elbow placed On brown leather couch next To empty used condom Crawling with swarm of mice Killed in couchfire on car Park turned grass tennis court. Stolen sandwich board from Lost vase under jumper On eve of Good Friday.
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