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My grandfather's house

You speak 
And I am reminded of that house,
The almonds, the dust and the sun.
The layered newspapers piled on mildewed chairs
Watched us come and go; during the slow conversation
We flitted away t o explore the dead grandmother's treasure,
Trinket-boxes for pillage.
In the sun on the western verandah
Sun-drenched, rain-bent tomes;
Lindsay nudes to ponder in the pages of Lone Hand.
Beyond the lavender bushes along white gravel paths,
The toolsheds leant among forgotten vines,
Almond shells, cowries beads and fifty useful keys
Strung on a rusted chain and hung up on the wall.
Above the sheds the charred trunks of the almond trees
Litter their leaves.


Far-off, through the heat,
The parents in the house talk to the grandfather. 

Westerly, 1991