Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
No rain for months in the West Downs Wetlands. Dry earth cracks revealing tree roots.
Thirsty wetlands waits, tree bark hanging in beggars rags. Leaves cling to twigs, curling, abused beneath clear blue sky.
Branches grind in arid wind. More and more leaf stems let go, tangled parachutes spiral earthward. Cleaved limbs of river gumtrees litter the plains.
the unburied dead
Author’s Note: West Downs Wetlands is part of the Fitzroy Catchment area in north east Queensland Australia.