Autumn Royal (Deakin University, Australia)
Your palms cradle the wattlebird,
concussed by the wind and found
underneath the clothesline
and a confusion of plastic pegs.
I listen to your rehearsed story,
watch how you bloat
with feathered responsibility.
Autumn Royal is a writer of poetry, and is currently undertaking a PhD in literary studies at Deakin University, Geelong. Autumn’s work has appeared in Antipodes, Rabbit and Verity La.