APAD 21 prompt: "According to __________"
According to the weather report
we are driving into storms and showers.
It is Autumn and warmer than we expect.
No complaints: Mikaela and I
pack for our trip, steadily, quietly,
peaceably. We will stop for meals,
sing along to Joni Mitchell. We can
weather any storm, drive west
with a car full of bedding, poems
and antique t-shirts, turning
our experience into wordless prose.
Maps of the Murray
It's like a swag, this red bag
the rolled up conversations
from nineteen years ago.
She wasn't born then, was
a blob of rapidly multiplying
cells. She was born into
travelling, being brave
in the face of humankind's
worst fear: talking to people.
I take her with me as a
talisman. The poems are older
than (her) time, the river ageless.
I travelled upstream then
stopped where peaches and cream
were cause for celebration.
This festival is to celebrate
conversation about conversation.
Timeless, age-old, renewable.