Monday 14 March 2022, Dja Dja Wurrung Country


This Labour Day,

I find myself walking

while listening

to Uncle Pat

by Ash.


As guitars crash

through headphones,

I find myself


of this Thursday — St Pat’s Day.


I soon realise

that, if I had an aura,

it may well be

an uncertain shade

of Kelly green—


the colour of my Kelly ancestors

and a distant


of that exquisite eucalyptus

green all around me.


Stereo Story #659

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.