Barmah, Murray River Camp, 1996 (Neil Boyack)

Posted on January 25, 2011 by in Heightened Talk

 

A boar’s head is mounted on the wall

high above the pool table

alongside record breaking cod, fresh water crays

 

Barmah Pub ceiling fans chop the hot air and the cob webs

moving the black hair

of the aboriginal women playing pool below

 

scars on their faces

beneath the heaviest February sweat

a pink line through the lips from the handlebars of a bike

a pink line on the forehead from a submerged log

 

the smiling, larger woman has red stilettos

the wiry woman bare feet

 

pool cues as guitars to ACDC

cutting in at volume

from the sun stained jukebox

 

their kids in the corner with

crayons and lemonade

searching for space

in old colouring books

 

 

through the window and over the road

the river grooves the earth

so humid, the birds are dead

only cicadas live

 

an aboriginal man lays on a patchwork car bonnet

beneath a block of river gums

instructing kids on how to kick the footy

sipping beer

loving things

 

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