a jellyfish quilt, shaped like a family

say imagine a patchwork on a daily tide billowing


a colony, incapable of loneliness, each for each



say a fantasia of yesterday’s frocks, shirts, pyjamas


summon another dimension of fixings and fastenings

can you?


say she is walking, one foot zigs as the other one zags

say she sighs

say she plots

unlatching, surreptitious unbuttoning, working free


her eyes are so innocent that they don’t know what her

hands are doing


Jennifer Compton


Jennifer Compton lives in Melbourne and is a poet and playwright who also writes prose.

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