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Eleanor Hooker – Four Poems

RETURNING TO THE LAND OF THE DEAD                                  for Eileen Mary Warburton Biggs>
I daub my face and arms with vodka –
an old gardener’s trick, so mosquitos
leave off their blood-fest. Balanced
on a tap of touch and turn, against
the hand-cranked grinding wheel,
the slash-hook whets for the cut.
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Along the foreshore, an August breeze
plays water music, tender, through
each reed. I swing and find my rhythm,
and as the thicket of brambles unpuzzle,
what was once...

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