Jacqui Wise (University of Technology of Sydney, Australia)
I watch another luminous earthrise
and the view from the shore of Mare Tranquillitatis
(tranquil in its desolation) is glorious.
Earthshine fingers the rim of Crater Archimedes
and the tip of Mons Herodotus,
it skims the waterless surface of Lacus Doloris
and accentuates her parched sorrow.
How my lakes and seas and oceans all covet
what you have in abundance — I tug
at your vast blue duvet, and while you sleep
I adore your naked fringes.
As I trace your silent trundling orbit
your serenity (astonishing in its
devastation) is all but plausible.
Jacqui Wise, who is soon to graduate from University of Technology, Sydney, (UTS) with a Master of Arts in Creative Writing, thought herself a prose writer until she discovered poetry. This is Jacqui’s second poem to be published by SWAMP. Her work has also appeared in the UTS Writers’ Anthology and is soon to appear in Quadrant.