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Poetry Pleases: Mildura Air Show

“A sky chalked by the
intricate choreography
of loops and roll-overs…’’

Cecily Cross captures in words the balletic manoevres of an air show.

The sky was their stage –
clear fresh blue domed
over dreaming autumn vineyards
and a field flowering
with upturned faces, edged
by glittering acres of parked cars.

A sky chalked by the
intricate choreography
of loops and roll-overs,
spiralling curves and dramatic dives,
smoke trails dissipating
with the breeze.

A sky precisely sliced
by men and machines
and big enough to hold
the roar and resonance
of engines, thunderous applause
to their own manoeuvres.

A sky red with ejected blossoms
free-falling and floating,
swiftly descending to skilled landings
on targets of drifting red smoke.
An evening sky blurred by the dust
of departing mortals.


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