Uluru, central Australia, 1000 BC

You run fast, emu in the sky,

on your long black legs.

In every season

that I’ve carried my children

behind my husband

you have been above.

And the tree possum

over your head

has watched us

with his hand of shining eyes.

Stay over us, sky emu.

Watch us closely tonight, tree possum.

I am afraid of this place

where the earth rose up

in gleaming blood.

Published in Trasna.

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