Thomsons Lake

This time I know the way in
through the gate
in the vermin fence.
The rough track goes down
towards the water
and encircles the lake
but fringing rushes
block my way
to the edge.
It is too far
a very long walk
to the other side
and the bird outlook.
I am alone
and feeling unwell
I cannot make the distance
and I pause with my camera
to console myself
with the arum lily glory
the vermin weed
under the gum tree.
But a quick rustling
and between the rushes
and the gum tree
six kangaroos bound past.

Copyright Sandra Roe

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