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Early morning in a dry land

fumes with sulphur breasts

of birds waking with light

alarm and counterpoint of song

feather-free fans the heavy air.

 

Tree ferns alert are still

and listen among the wombs of rock

both gaping for the golden rain

impregnating from our old theology

again where rains rush from the sea

lit from beneath by the morning sun,

and wash the leaves with myth marks.

 

The birds hunt among the leather

purse of buds, heavy-wet with honey,

then curve up through the sea vapours

where it is too high for rain to fall.