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April 2017, vol 13 no 1

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Marilyn Humbert


on the brink
amongst driftwood and litter
waiting for you

The blue on blue of Lake Lyell is tainted green. Wind-blown algae masses where the wash and bank meet at the western end. Three grey speckled ducks are paddling near the sloping gravel edge. I watch as they dive in turn, ripples spreading across the water. A sudden gust sends the ducks flapping into the sky. Turning I make my way upwards through spindly gums.