Regional Victoria, Saturday 13 November 2021

 

well-stocked op shop—

she sifts thru clothes racks

to find

an alternative

while I scan CD racks

and spot

Interpol

 

          I know why I hold her

 

familiar crossroads—

we embrace and wave

goodbye

before going

diametrically opposing

ways

 

          I know why I hold her

 

the main road

out of town—

I lightly push

my pre-owned CD

& skip ahead

to track four

 

          I know why I hold her

 

stretch of highway

lit by blue & red lights—

I do a U-turn

at the sight of the upturned

car

up ahead of jammed traffic

& varied emergency

vehicles

 

          I know why I hold her

 

alternative route

into town—

I keep

my pre-owned CD

in

& skip back

to track four

 

          I know why I hold her

 

back home

late—

I pull

in,

see texts

& call her

 

          I know why I hold her                    dear

 

Stereo Story #644

Michael Leach is an academic at Monash Rural Health, Bendigo. His poems reside in Rabbit, Cordite, Meniscus, Stereo Stories, the 2021 Hippocrates Prize Anthology, and elsewhere. Michael’s poetry collections include Chronicity (Melbourne Poets Union, 2020) and Natural Philosophies (Recent Work Press, forthcoming). He lives on unceded Dja Dja Wurrung Country.