2013/06/28

Thistle Collector

I am a thistle collector
from roadsides and spare blocks
I pull
roots pale bent fingers
released from soil
as I tug
stalk shapes indent pink on my skin
fingernails stained green
sand clings as if it owns me
aphids smudged black on my breast
snails will be slime bliss bombs for my ducks
I carry thistles in my harvesters arms
smell a cooking stew
someone is using my mother's recipe
the postie skids to give way
handy man paints pickets retain the dream
at the curb side café
morning coffee drinkers
pause
mid sip
I am the thistle collector
my bunch of yellow flowers
nod with every step
and a trail of white seed heads float behind


Coral Carter (Western Australia)


First published in the author's first poetry collection Descended from Thieves (Mulla Mulla Press 2012)


1 comment:

  1. the last three lines did it for me..
    I'd like to try drawing this..
    if I could draw..

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