The Love Song of Burke and Wills


and then at sunset

stars seeded from the sands’ fire

shot to bloom across the sky


underfoot, the desert whispered

now I stir, now I strike

like yesterday


one foot, two foot

now a kangaroo foot

hop to the left, there’s a light


gone past


and God sang lullabies
hush, the thirst

hush, the dry skin crackling against

swollen tongue



God said

I am in your head

cut it off

cut it out

come to me


chasm lips, the lizards seek

a resting place

erase yourself


and be clean


wind folds breath into dust

bones dance clear of flesh

and morning brings rain