Encomium boronia granitica
You purple-tongue parched air, dust-sieve to You tilt: yellow-eye amaranthine sip afterbirth sky, divine of stars. dirt, pious spoors. You stem brush -fire, persist desert You riff idle breeze, scree. (fi)lament lyrebird You grief black shrieks. -throated finch, sorrow wallum frog. You ossuary bettong, paradise parrot, rat-roo, hopping -mouse, dusky You rapture absence, flying-fox. perfume silence, perfect solitude, You shrine dayfrog, ghost dark. eastern quoll, white -footed tree -rat. You catacomb wombat, dunnart, grass -wren, leaf You who have Lazarused -nosed bat. through planet -ary shifts— all of this yet—how to resist blind loons thick-fisting for fools' gold.
Note: Boronia granitica is an endangered wildflower shrub native to Australia; all of the animal species noted in this poem are indigenous to the same areas as this plant, and are already extinct or endangered.
This poem was first published in the light we cannot see poetry collection (Salmon Poetry 2021).