KATHY IN RALEIGH 2011
how many umbrellas or love letters
by Richard James Allen
how many umbrellas have I lost in my lifetime – left in the pristine
foyers of yoga centres, in the muddy corners of coffee shops, in the
mysterious worlds that exist under the seats in bus shelters, dangling
like bats off park benches?
I imagine each of these umbrellas, all dead and forgotten now of course, as giant origami love letters, which people I don’t know opened to the plunging sky with delight and relief.
looking back, these random forgetfulnesses may have been the major contribution of my life, popping up in the lives of others like the tips of islands emerging in a world where the sea levels are actually dropping to save beautiful but bedraggled shipwrecked wayfarers in a lost play by a man still named Bill.
the rainless dawn.
Commended in the 2013 Dangerously Poetic Byron Bay Writers Festival Poetry Prize.