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Lavender Ink.

 Look, there she is: Miss Bliss, dozing
in the shade of a Campari umbrella. Beside her
a book--something brilliant: Callimachus,
let's say, printed in an elegant Venetian type--
half-read, with the most alarming
        metaphors to come
and a glass of gin, a cool dew
blooming on the crystal, the air
        kissing her skin
and the neighbour's hi-fi playing
'I Can't Get Started' in a distant
        corner of the afternoon.
The yachts on the water.
        The tinkle of ice.
I'm thinking of you, reinventing Sydney
a thousand years from now, and not
getting it quite right: missing the
delicate hangover, the distant murmur
of the city, the scent of this ink
        drying on the page.
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Author:Tranter, John Ernest
Publication:Atlanta Review
Article Type:Poem
Date:Mar 22, 2019
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