Kakashi

Sculpture by the Sea is an annual event on Cottesloe Beach in Perth, Western Australia.  For 2016 Lithuanian sculptor Zelvinas Kempinas entered his work, Kakashi (the Japanese word for Scarecrow).  He was joint recipient (with Suzie Bleach and Andrew Townsend for the sculpture, A Burden) of the EY People’s Choice Award.

Two hundred snow poles
red and yellow.
Curving parallel lines
in deep drilled holes
secured by concrete.
Precise position
sides matching
poles vertical.
Strips of bird repellent tape
tautly stretched
between poles
thirteen feet high.
Red yellow canopy
billows shimmers
catchin
infinity from
sun and wind.
Wind on skin
shishing  tapes
pushing waves
as they sink SSSHHEW
into sea’s edge.
Feet sink into sand.
Corellas call from
Norfolk pines
on grassed terraces.
Sun is hot, bright
and infinite.

©  Sandra Roe

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