A gift after rain at Shorncliffe

cerulean grace dome
laced sweetly with jazz

played by murmurating birds
loose powder clouds

and the pier railing a striped
ribbon tying sky to sea

paper-cutout waves on diagonals
rippling simulated to the shore

every fifth leaf of the fig
tree a burnished shade of copper

and no black anywhere to be seen
except the fine scissor cuts

to the storm page underneath

Jane Frank’s chapbook Milky Way of Words was published by Ginninderra Press in 2016. Her work has appeared in Australian Poetry Journal, Antiphon, Poetry Salzburg Review, Cordite Review, takahē, pressure gauge, foam:e and elsewhere.

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