"tap facing" "into the grass" "crickets" "frogs" "tap"
"like the head" "of a horse" "poised" "still" "cold and
majestic" "tap" "never moving tap" "tap" "trapped
inside itself" "never moving" "in the rain" "never

moving" "all summer long" "it was a long summer"
"our longest ever" "the flies" "the tap" "the grass
trembling" "around the tap" "grass thicker" "than skin"
"the grass" "the thick" "bright green" "grass moistened"

"by the tap" "the grass living" "and dying" "in the night"
"the morning" "insects" "all the insects living" "dying"
"around the tap" "that never lives" "or dies" "the tap"
"that faces" "the wild dandelions" "that spring up" "and

knock down" "like the knock-down grasses" "inside the
gale" "the wind" "your hair" "your last smile" "here"
"has carried me" "forwards" "by the grey scarecrow"
"the apple tree" "no apples now" "but the great brown

horses" "who own" "the mystery" "of this paddock"
"paddock" "in their image" "like all great paddocks"
"inhabited" "by horses" "the grace of horses" "they own
each other" "their sun" "in the mornings" "their calm

places" "out of the wind" "their open gates" "and leafy"
"oily dams" "the waterbirds" "oh" "the dark lovely
crow" "lonelier" "than the evening" "more company"
"finally us" "the tap" "nestled" "into the pipes" "of the

house" "pipes" "the backbone" "of the tap" "the only
bone" "that will never release us" "the tap" "with frost"
"is still" "stiller" "than a field" "of frost" "stiller" "stiller
than birds" "before a winter downpour" "on dark" "the

tap" "it is rusty" "cold" "yet it persists" "here" "as itself"
"give this tap" "warmth" "the warmth of your gaze"
"give it" "your innocence" "it will not harm you" "give
the tap" "your curiosity" "questions" "the absolute

place" "you share" "in time" "with it" "your backbone"
"your stillness" "and uneventuating dreams" "your
child's life" "your loss" "the weariness" "of your hands"

"the mountain" "has spoken" "its language" "inaudible"
"part of me" "knows" "a great snake" "has passed" "part
of me knows" "geological history" "the geography" "of
the present" "I know" "these little things" "the

mountain" "has spoken" "yet" "it doesn't speak"
"directly of them" "what can I tell you" "of the
language" "that exists here" "which enters" "me?" "only
to say" "this land" "is speaking" "its inaudible"

"present" "itself" "it tells me" "everything" "there is to
know" "about myself" "each moment" "the language"
"is different" "the same" "here" "I can listen for hours"
"I can be myself" "but" "I cannot tell you" "what is

said" "only that" "by speaking" "this mountain"
"describes itself" "if only" "I could" "tell you" "archive
this perfection" "if only" "it could tell us" "of itself" "as
we become it" "your need to articulate" "drove you out

here" "tonight" "to the place of my windy skirts" "my
heart as wild as goats" "this is the mountain view" "the
interaction" "of things" "between" "each other" "the
tablelands" "the travelling underground water" "what

does the mountain do?" "it whispers" "it sings" "but it
has no voice" "it splits" "the storms" "in two" "before
they reach" "the house" "it holds" "my children's
laughter" "within" "its fat and fleecy sides" "nestled" "in

the woolley butt" "and cypress pines" "without
mountains" "a giant" "has lost its voice" "the land" "has
gained its silence" "more silence" "than it needs"
"mountains" "like cows" "without them" "the wind"

"would blow" "down the valley" "like a tide that never
retreated" "it would sound lost" "relentless" "the
mountains" "channel the wind" "so that it cuts" "through
the valleys like currents" "the rivers of wind have been

here" "I threw my life into them" "and was released"

"i'm the fence" "follow" "the fence" "judy" "are you
there?" "yes" "i'm going to follow" "the fenceline"
"yes" "yes" "follow it" "judy" "follow the fence" "the
fence" "through" "the grass" "through the long" "dry

grass" "the fence" "cuts the air" "makes way" "a snake"
"of barbs" "wire and endings" "cuts corners" "travels
far" "through many places" "follows itself" "you will
follow" "yes" "yes" "follow" "the fence" "the rabbit"

"the rabbit got under there" "last night" "the big rabbit"
"the hungry" "rabbit" "at dusk" "ready" "for your
garden" "the rabbit" "through there" "yesterday" "the
rabbit" "today" "silence" "through the fence" "the

hungry silence" "of rabbit" "through" "the fence" "to
feed" "on your garden" "your night garden" "to strip the
leaves" "with the hawthorn slugs" "in the long night
garden" "quiet rabbits" "come in" "to eat" "the english

cottage garden" "the fence" "watching" "oh yes" "the
fence seeing" "and moving by" "the fence" "travelling
by" "like a river" "like a king river" "like a tiger snake"
"the powerful movement of the fence" "the fence

forever" "cut by a tree" "the tree" "slides onto the
property" "as if it wanted to join us!" "through the
fence" "its branch!" "its giant snout!" "a wooden reptile"
"collapsed through the barbed wire" "its scale" "its

wood" "for kilometres" "on end" "as if nothing else
mattered" "it's unseeing eye" "here" "its mighty
collapse" "and its crashed" "snapping the thirsty wire"
"oh" "no" "the tree fallen" "oh no" "the fence cut" "oh"

"no" "fix it" "fix the fence" "no boundaries" "fix the
fence" "the tree cut me" "the tree" "the mad tree in the
mad storm" "cut" "me down" "fix" "the fence" "go
back" "go back" "the other way" "we check the

boundary fence" "where a tree has fallen" "in a weekend
storm" "and has crashed through" "it is a woolley butt"
"and its bark" "flakes away" "through my fingers" "in
fine hairs" "the tree is not good" "for burning" "johnny

told me" "and so" "you will chop it" "and leave it" "to
the ground" "and ground inhabitants" "the tree fell"
"like a crocodile" "from up north" "slipping from the
land" "into a swamp" "the tree slides onto the property"

"as if it wanted to join us" "through" "the fence" "its
branch" "its giant snout" "is collapsed" "through the
barbed wire" "there is a mighty tree" "here" "and its
crashed" "snapping" "this thirsty wire" "on thirsty lands"

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