Today I’d like to share a poem by West Australian poet Chris Palazzolo from his fantastic collection Unhoused, published by the good folks over at Regime Books.
This was one of my favourites from the book and I’d strongly recommend checking it out.
Big thanks to Chris for allowing me to republish the poem on here.

To Helen

Think back to the day we first meet –
on the Safety Bay beachfront beneath the pines;
me, an incongruous wraith in tobacco-fumed black
and black mushroom-mop hair; you,
a watchful beachside stroller,
sandals in hand, quite in your element
in your denim shorts and blue tank-top
floppy straw hat with blue ribbon and bow.
Blue seabird meets black alleycat by the beach.
The seabird can fly away if she wants. She doesn’t.

It is early Spring. A seabreeze pushes
silly cottonbuds overhead, quick shadows
run the grass where we meet and talk.
We will be a couple –
we will go down to the shore and stroll
meandering terraces of seaweed along the sand.

Find out more about Chris on the Regime Books website.
Buy a copy of Chris’ collection Unhoused here.

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