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Sonnet: A Still Life

Out back in the garden, knee-deep in kale,

she steps, ponders, and kneels; there's a blue tongue

lizard that stops and starts along the swale;

a kookaburra laughs, mad and high strung;

light rain plops, like paunchy Buddha bellies;

bees waggle under the Jacaranda;

motorbike frogs rev like backyard bullies;

she smiles and you think Tempest, Miranda.

The sun explodes through the spring miasma

bringing new heat, opening up the skies --

star fields of the celestial plasma

seem rooted in rising Miranda's eyes.

No garden would exist without her mind,

no mind without its garden double bind.

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