2 Poems by Mark Mahemoff

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OUTSIDE MUDGEE

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An unsealed road

leads to the dam.

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Six geese are using

one half as their home.

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The other is choked

with lilies and duckweed.

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A kangaroo stays vigilant

some distance from the house.

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It’s a gaunt-faced sentinel,

voluntary and gentle.

So little is happening,

meaning packs each moment.

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A steady downpour, a lowing cow

tyres on gravel fading towards town.

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CASUALTIES

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I walk past a homeless man,

his Pitbull pressed close,

and a dented paper cup

pleading for coins.

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He’s becoming invisible.

Or my ethics are fading.

Either way today

he doesn’t get my change.

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This moment amid

a multitude of cruelties

I inflict while rushing

to catch a morning train.

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