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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 10, Number 3, September 2016

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Marilyn Humbert
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


Stargazing

Near the South Australian border, west of Sydney, winter nights are long and cold. A harsh place: years can pass between rainfalls. White light of the moon floods from dusk to dawn whether a fingernail sliver, or full and round. Dry creeks are ragged scars lined with ancient gums. Their roots, buried deep, whisper to splintered tussock grass in the breeze. This bitter, clear night I watch the sky, wondering who lives beyond.

a shooting star
arcs east to west
outback night


Author's Note: A slightly different version of this haiku previously appeared in paper wasp, Autumn 2016.

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