Amid the eucalypts, a path
Strewn with sunburned, crinkly leaves
Wild summer winds track aftermath
Today, however, a soft breeze.
Off-peak travel, bumbling train
No conductor; a machine
Coins jangle in the slot again
Parched landscape, scattered flecks of green.
Empty stations, lonely halts
Few passengers alight or board
Netting hides the rock face faults
Beside the gorges deeply scored.
No conversations in the air
The clicking keyboard’s day has come;
I switch my mind off and I stare
Bemused, half-blinded by the sun.
A hospital, brand new, in sight
As we reach the city’s heart
The “Cheese Grater”* glitters, silver bright
My day in Adelaide can start!
*South Australian Medical Research and Science Centre
(c) Poet in the woods 2014