Is when poems arrive, swooping at me
from across Derbal Yerrigan, diving out of clouds,
caught on wind stampeding up the river,
they fling themselves against the escarpment;

lodge in the tangled arms of tuart trees
where they are mistaken for blossoms
raining to the understorey.

All I have to do is stand, walk, fall, trip
over poems as they lounge on the grass in the arms of a lover,
thrust beaks into nectar and fall about drunk
with the music of Ngoorlarks ringing in their ears.

On hot days they drift across from the blue range
too lazy to speak, sauntering in the slow gait of summer,
marri flowers caught in their hair.

They linger reverently on the mottled bark
of the dying banksia, plangent with devastating
memory shadows pressed lightly into the ground.

I find them lying on the edge of the track;
tiny sentient utterances I need to bend my head to hear,
must stop still and stare as if at a mirage,
shiny bright sculptures broken out of sand.

What choice do I have but to grasp their hands,
let them lead me through the park,
keep my eyes and ears open
let poems fall, let them fly.

by Nandi Chinna.

School Ball parking

Temporary parking on Fraser Avenue will not be provided for buses, limos and cars, and fines will apply.

Rotary Wishing Well works

Works will be taking place at the Rotary Wishing Well near Fraser Circle from 17 January 2023 until further notice.

Blue Boat House works

The City of Perth will be replacing the timber stairs at the blue boat house from Monday 30 January until Tuesday 28 February 2023.

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Congratulations to Kings Park's Dr Tony Scalzo on receiving the award of a Medal of the Order of Australia (General Division).

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