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by Sidney Nolan

© n.d; circa 1945

Burke by Sidney Nolan © 1962


As crystals descend
through the evening
So the camels descend
and men descend
in this extraordinary continent.


As drought destroys
through the earth
so the throat destroys
in this extraordinary continent.


As heat discards
through the heart
So the heart discards
And skin discards
in this extraordinary continent.


As men vanish
through their eyes
so the bones vanish
transparent
in this extraordinary continent.

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