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Bluelookout Mountain

Les Murray

Bluelookout is a tractor climb

to where you see the South Pacific.

The animals who stay

up there don’t know to see it.


Bluelookout is the colours and smooth

texture of forest pigeons

though it’s ‘dirty’ in some folds

with scrub the old ones would have burnt.


Grasses of exotic green

radiate down its ridge lines

just how snow would lie


and the owner’s house snuggles

in close, not for shelter

but out of all the view.


From The Rialto No 65 (Summer 2008)