Abandoned

Artwork by Kiron Robinson
Artwork by Kiron Robinson
faceless children

mooch

past ferns, making

too much noise.

 

their feet like hands

on backwards bodies

clobber

the mouldy concrete

bricks

and kick

cobblestones

by accident.

 

they drift

towards

the tree-house,

their ears pulled

to the sky by spiderwire,

listening

for tapping.

 

fungus sprouts

from wood,

maggots from rotting

wound,

smelling like fatty gravy.

 

over the buttress,

dinosaur-bird pecks

at bumpy,

whitish

mass.

 

the children reach

with feet like raw flesh

towards mutilated wood.

 

“stop,” one child says,

standing

back, as if that’s

all it takes.

 

 

About Gianina Carter 2 Articles
GIANINA CARTER is a Brisbane-based writer-with-shoes, poet and memoirist; she has been published in Voiceworks and Cow, Hide Journal. She has performed at Brisbane Writers Festival, QUT Literary Salon and Belfast Poetry Slam.