The aftermath

After manic

spring storms

bottlebrushes

are stripped 

bare –

shredded 

blossoms

sluggish

in sandstone 

gutters

ripple slow

as blood

before 

congealing

Colleen Z Burke’s most recent and twelfth poetry collection is ‘Sculpting a landscape’ 2019. She has also published two memoirs The Waves Turn and The Human Heart is a Bold Traveller and is co-editor of the anthology The Turning Wave: Poems and Songs of Irish Australia.