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And so I went to the dip in the land and awaited the shade, sunset stretched as autumn, catching bare steel sharply, limp deflection off painted iron, the child’s swing buckling sideways with the cross-breeze, discarded cotton bud unwinding on its stem near the clothesline; across the windscreen of the stranded Rodeo ute, block-mounted, a ruby and emerald light skitters like an advertising logo, a ring of truth in thin wafts of smoke we barely sense as danger despite a combustive dry, past witnessings of what follows such a herald; scrunched against the stubble, barely-established York gums speed up their dying, termites mewing, scorpions, tails up, glowing with the infra red of prayers, inflicted as we expect infliction of suffering — to pass, as night will pass... and light return, the stomach hollow as night feeders search out day-shade, sleeping, digesting without a shred of guilt, a ring of ‘Beati misericordes’ sounding tangents to our encirclings, heading up the laneway, up to the road reserve where kangaroos gingerly graze and black-faced cuckoo shrikes strike at lifting butterflies, rip into the young of nearby species, maybe wagtails’, those up-lifters.
- by John Kinsella (b. 1963), appears in Divine Comedy: Journeys through a Regional Geography, W. W. Norton & Co, first published 2008, copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Gordon Kerry (b. 1961), "Canto — Evening", first performed 2011 [soprano and piano], from Five Cantos from the Divine Comedy, no. 4. [ sung text verified 1 time]
Researcher for this text: Gordon Kerry
This text was added to the website: 2016-05-19
Line count: 27
Word count: 188