Hibiscus | Anne Elvey | Issue 7

A long quill writes air 

with invitation. Crimson lasts 

for a day or two once it opens toward sky 

 

or unfolds amid variegations

of leaf. You glimpse the design 

 

of each pinked edge. In green 

and off-white spills, every vein 

happens against a flow. 

 

Think time: how it keeps 

a loss or binds a sudden future 

 

how you live inside an old 

regret, how this was always 

a fractious fearing to repeat. 

 

No leaf is the same as any other

they say, as if you might mistake 

 

them. The case is closed. A floral 

feather droops now in softening 

scarlet, and you have cut and sketched 

 

a leaf’s slow flecks. It will

die, as you will, but likely 

 

sooner. Then should you find 

another course that livens, as sap

leaking from where you clipped.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anne Elvey lives on Boonwurrung Country in Seaford, Victoria. She is author of On arrivals of breath (2019), White on White (2018), Kin (2014), & co-author of Intatto/Intact (with Massimo D’Arcangelo & Helen Moore, 2017). Anne holds honorary appointments at Monash University and University of Divinity.

 

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