CELEBRATING A TAPESTRY OF LIFE

Juanita Book

By Juanita Torrence-Thompson

ęCopyright by Juanita Torrence-Thompson


JUANITA TORRENCE-THOMPSON is a poet/writer/speaker whose award-winning work appears in U.S. and Canadian journals and online. See her poetry and book information at: Poetry Town. See Barbara Hantman's review of Torrence-Thompson's CELEBRATING A TAPESTRY OF LIFE (Torderwarz Publishing Company)at: The Pedestal Magazine

DURING SYDNEY OLYMPICS

wandering through David Jones,
the Harrods of Australia:
Giant lilies, forsythias,
red nasturtiums in beige pots,
punctuated with green palms,
float celestially
from a 30-foot ceiling.
A barrage of blazing tourist flashbulbs
jolt me into reality.

I lift an engraved 3-D lid of
a garish green music box with
Crocodile Dundee wrestling a croc while
a chorus rings out "Waltzing Matilda."
Inside the box, an Aborigine man lights a fire
with sticks and dung
near the sacred Uluru. I smile
and slip away, Aussie coins
still jangling in my pockets.