Kezia Perry (University of Adelaide, Australia)
Among the hedges of our house, my son hides
Among the cupboards, he is a sapling nymph.
Among thin boards and drums in our shed, he laughs
Among my boys, he is the kindest.
Among my day, I grow weary with chores,
Among the vacuum’s chug and the bills
Among the phone calls to the plumber, I forget,
Among the house, my son stowed away, waits.
Among the police, my husband, I seek one sound.
Among the sirens, the thud of the lid when I open the door,
Among the pity when my legs give way.
I die among our warm clothes.
Kezia Perry is completing a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Adelaide. Her work has been published in The Australian and she currently reviews for The Big Book Club. She is writing her first novel and lives in Adelaide, South Australia.