I’m Driving: Laughing Jack to Hobart

A poem by Pete Hay

Laughing Jack Lagoon is at my back.

Suddenly there is        shatter.
Shatter        cluttering to the horizon.

Some treefern survive.
Arched fronds nod a knowing,
cast it on the wind.

The broken voice of the land
dreams it back,
the quick complexity
before the Shatter.

No-one means to wound our dreams.
But they do.

This piece nipped away, that.
The land lost by a thousand cuts.

In the drinkeries of Hobart we fire up,
spray our helpless grief about.

One more and leave.

What is will be.

Nothing to laugh about, Jack.