Last Rite in Terra Australis

Last Rite in Terra Australis

by Erina Booker

We’d swum in each other’s blood
for so long
the Source was calling
so we unzipped the ancient land
with our steel blades,
watching the killer country –
to all but its aboriginals –
slide past, like carvings
in a gallery; rock formations
mottled
hue’d
lovingly rounded
by the Rainbow Serpent’s coils
in the Dreamtime;
then at the core,
the source
the heart
pulsing, spasm’d, living,
throbbing, drawing us
to the inevitable conclusion;
holding hands
three in a row
we approach reverently
to be skeletally ochre’d
onto the stone,
as x-ray art,
while Uluru turns dusk-purple,
and the blood flow
slows.

©Erina Booker 2015

About Erina Booker

Erina Booker is a writer, teacher, and counsellor, and her life has been largely about words and the many uses of language. She has written poetry for most of her life, studying at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, and completing a major in Literature within her Bachelor of Arts degree from Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. Currently, she has five collections of poems in print. Her sixth, ‘Coalescence’, is her first collaborative venture into the fusion of art and poetry. Her background covers a further range of studies & interests, including Post Graduate Counselling, Applied Science in Medical Imaging, & also Musical Performance with the instruments of piano, flute, and ‘cello. Added to which, she owned and ran a sheep farm in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales for ten years, breeding black sheep, and enjoying the deep connection she feels with the natural world. Her varied experiences inform her writing as she draws on an intricate tapestry of events. Erina Booker lives in Sydney, Australia.

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