Si­lence Slices

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - GROOVE - by El­iz­a­beth Martin

In the clam­our-clat­ter-con­fu­sion

colour And cries of an or­di­nary morn­ing

The par­ent Searches out

Si­lence. In the midst of may­hem and morn­ing

dipped mildew And yellings, scream­ings and buck­led

up wrestlings The par­ent roars to a peak then

Says it The F word.

Si­lence. Amid clink­ing of del­i­cate blue painted

saucers And crust­less cu­cum­ber fine-sliv­ered sand­wiches

The child Three weeks later Re­peats the word.

Si­lence. The pulling of tops over square-chins

heads-pointed The yank­ing of arms and tug­ging of

pants. “Your Pull-ups are dry.”

(Small si­lence.) “Oh good boy good boy you fan­tas­tic

boy!” Sinks in; Si­lence.

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