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Friday, December 21, 2012


by Martha Landman

            for John

            and heaven is imagined as whole and unceasing
                        -- Christina Murphy

Dawn enlightens a Puter jungle
a classic world


in different time zones
God grins

my Mayan calendar broke —

guess it’s no use
claiming on the warranty.

The moon, the earth
the stars dance a wild galaxy

a small eternity

this earth
this planet
a last cigarette

suffocates a man’s son
Gerald Benedict broods in


tomorrow has come.

Martha Landman is a South African-born Australian poet residing in tropical Queensland.  She has published on- and off-line and recently co-authored a book of poems and short stories with Michael Fitzgerald-Clarke, titled The Paradoxophies, which is available on