When you paddle out
there is no end to the lust,
no end to wave’s loose-
lipped pash: there is only you,
this, and your migrating soul.
We leave like tired whales
humping the shoreline with false
we know this is it, that this
leaving means summer’s over.
Susan Bradley Smith is an award-winning writer and bibliotherapist, and Honorary Research Associate in English at La Trobe University. Recent publications include Friday Forever, the writing and wellbeing memoir, and the poetry collections Beds for all who come (shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2015) and supermodernprayerbook. She is the founder and Creative Director of Milkwood Bibliotherapy, and is currently co-authoring a history of psychiatry and poetry, Watch Me Die.
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