Contemporary Australian Poetry

as doctored as the sun by Robert Wood

The Frugal Meal by Belinda Moxon

Forgetting to buy the nets

by Lisa Jacobson


Long hard season of youth

with so much going on inside.

You have become a bird grown bold

while I was busy doing other things.


This summer I forgot to buy the nets

to stop the parrots from tearing

at all that unripe fruit;

the garden a riot of pulp by dawn.


You can perforate my care

with one fierce peck of your beak

or circle just beyond my reach.


But that’s okay.

I too was once a daughter,

pelting my own mother

with the still-hard berries

of girlhood.

Previously published in South in the World (Perth: UWAP Publishing, 2014)

Lisa Jacobson is an award-winning poet and fiction writer. She is the author of three books of poetry: Hair and Skin & Teeth (1995), The Sunlit Zone (2012), which won the Adelaide Festival John Bray Poetry Award, and South in the World (2014). In 2011 she won the Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize. Her work has been published in Australia, Canada, Indonesia, the U.K. and the United States.