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A Cloudcatcher Haiku Sequence

A flood gauge showing the Fitzroy River at a level of 8.3 metres in Rockhampton, Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Floodwaters resulting from ex-cyclone Debbie are expected inundate parts of Rockhampton with the Fitzroy River expected to reach 9 metres on Thursday. (AAP Image/Dan Peled) NO ARCHIVING
A flood gauge showing the Fitzroy River at a level of 8.3 metres in Rockhampton, Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Floodwaters resulting from ex-cyclone Debbie are expected inundate parts of Rockhampton with the Fitzroy River expected to reach 9 metres on Thursday. (AAP Image/Dan Peled) NO ARCHIVING DAN PELED

A Cloudcatcher Haiku Sequence

In the Wake of Cyclone Debbie. Edited by Nathalie Buckland

the last straw

tops a levee bank

siren...

a dream catcher

sways in the tree

water rising

powerless...

candlelight

flickers

inundation-

shades of grey

above brown

the emptiness

of a flooded town-

vacant stares

abandoned houses a cat meows somewhere

water gurgles

through organ pipes -

sodden hymn books

the third day

river and road

become one

curbside pick-up

piles of treasure

turned to trash

watching...

the dozer crushes

her grandson's bike

thundering surf-

wind-flung foam

in the children's pool

stink of mud

rain washes

sugar cane

high tide

the ocean dumps back

river flotsam

receding flood the sparkle of river ripples

cyclone's wake ...

listening to

the magpie

Quendryth Young (Coordinator of Cloudcatchers)

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