Ace

Ace

By Cally Conan-Davies Cally Conan-Davies
Bloody hell, the world’s turned
upside down

the flame tree has become
geranium

my coral bed has grown
into a tree

the hummingbird you hammered
to the wall

though tin, could any moment
turn and flee.

The yellow sky has gone
all roundabout

and clover threes where
seaweed used to be

and blood blossoms with fire,
the powers below grow higher —
if things turn right-way-up
will the falling fire stop?

The wave is in the hill
the nest abandons me
and all the reddened earth is still

igniting

Source: Poetry (May 2012).

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This poem originally appeared in the May 2012 issue of Poetry magazine

May 2012

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Cally Conan-Davies is an Australian writer, teacher, and biblio- therapist.

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SUBJECT Nature, Animals, Trees & Flowers

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