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Famous Reporter # 34
 

 

 

 

    JEFF GUESS

  Abandoned Car

This is its last garage
an old FB Holden
painted in the latest
colours of earth and stone
 
to which
on the downward track
of mallee scrub
it is slipping
 
into an atrophy
of orange scabs
and carious
lesions
 
wheel-less in a wilderness
of bridled inertia
the road that flies past
mocks its protracted idle
 
past modification
its only movement now
the slow alchemy of years
to this
 
old scabbed skull
eyeless in a gold afternoon
sunk in yellow grass
and stopped on empty.

 

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