Poetry by Peter Mitchell

MAGPIES
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arpeggio the watery air, these morning-bell sounds
foundations for their territory.
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are a highwire act. A male, female and two young scan
summer's map in the mid-afternoon haze.
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are air-to-earth missiles. Shrieks
distress the air, a young currawong on the ground.
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forage co-ordinates along the arc of dusk.
Their patterns sustain our Carolina Street patch.
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gray-scale through the long nights. With morning,
they are black-on-white script, poems ...

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