Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Yellow (August)

[Little autobiography in yellow] Early memory: sheep fields near Ballendella. Childhood beach cricket at Queenscliff. Easter vestments and goldfoil eggs. ‘Mellow Yellow’ by Donovan. Wattle in August. School house: Barnett, yellow stripe in tie. Teenage rage poems about Vincent’s sunflowers. Bizarre university days: Wallace-Crabbe playing Malvolio in “yellow stockings”. Favourite sweet of a first love: honey bears. Ganja of lost weekends. Losing a Grand Final to the Tigers. Cataloguing gilt-spined 16th-century Jesuitica. First reading Proust’s “little patch of yellow wall.” After the Iron Curtain, visiting goldleaf  Prague. ‘Yellow’ by Coldplay. Circular poems about currawongs’ eyes. My daughter’s sunbright finger painting.

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