Recalcitrant Paperbark by Ross Jackson

roosting ibis unknot her leafy brows
unpick her twigs
long shadow off her shoulders
entices mosquitoes into reeds

planted in mud
her one big leg bared
solid stance of a peasant woman

skirts hoicked above the surface
lace petticoats damp
at the hem

like fists at the sky her thickset
limbs defy
any storms that would see

her curly crown
electrified.

From: Jackson, Ross, “Recalcitrant paperbark” in Eureka Street.com.au, Vol. 28, No. 3, 11-Feb-2018, pp. 59-60.
(https://www.eurekastreet.com.au/uploads/file/pdf/new/180211.pdf)

Date: 2018

By: Ross Jackson (19??- )

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