Almanac Poetry: ‘Peanuts and Bread’ – Tommy Mallet

 

 

Peanuts and Bread

 

The cliffs climb

 

400 metres up from
the coastal capes and their dens.

 

Stopping for lunch, we watch
clouds rising
on hard winds,
straight up
from distant, powerful surf.

 

Jordan stands on the ledge,
and, stepping into cold, ascending white air,
throws a slice of bread.

 

The wind lifts it back over our heads,
until it’s lost.

 

“That’s fucking awesome!” he says.

 

I love
the way he loves the job.

 

Fingers numb, I throw my peanuts.
They hover, spread, then are lifted
in all directions

 

up.

 

Soon, the hard rain will come.

 

We laugh more, throwing every piece of
food we have,

 

feeding bush animals
a kilometre or two
back over the ridge.

 

 

More from Tommy Mallet can be read Here.

 

 

 

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