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Watermelon Rising

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by Rosalind McFarlane

Could this be a lullaby? Caught
threaded pieces in the undertow
while on the moon the Sandman
beats rice to sharp stars.

Mirrored on skin
are sun, stars and sky:
big bang in a slower motion.
Whealy's pink gourd of summer
ten years adrift.

Eat out the skin to a helmet,
astronomical ambition needs no
reflection in a convex visor,
just the close-fleshed seeds
and a well-watered sky.


About the author

Rosalind McFarlane is currently a doctoral candidate with Monash University, having completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Western Australia.

She has a deep interest in water and depictions of place, leading to her current study of fluidity in Asian-Australian poetry. She has been a part of several publications, most notably Verge, Colloquy, Cordite, Pelican Student Newspaper and dotdotdash.

Works published on Trove:
  1. Aurora Australia - Volume 4, Issue 2
  2. Speak the Sea - Volume 4, Issue 2
  3. Watermelon Rising - Volume 4, Issue 2