A week of leaving (part 4)
Speak to teenagers
like they are real people.
on school tables before class –
when you have their attention
admit to being young once.
Share some of your truths
(hard and soft-centred).
Tell them you do not know
what is best for them
but when you were their age
you wrote poems and didn’t stop
because nobody else saw the point;
now your daughter the artist
sees beauty in the human
Your day jobs included
milking cows, packing frozen fish,
picking strawberries and cleaning
Once, in an outback town
trains rattled through like the ghosts
of ghosts, you sat on the earth
in a circle of first people eating goanna
and this is a memory
you don’t give thanks for nearly enough.