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Peter Dale Scott
a selection from his new book of poems Walking on Darkness

Walking on Darkness

For Rebecca Kylie Law, the first person to initiate
 a Ph. D dissertation on the poetry of Peter Dale Scott


Every morning
I walk on the darkness
below Australia

and on Rebecca upside-down
on the other side
of this impenetrable earth

the first to dissect my words
no longer mine now but 
for those with a different slant 

though they were never truly mine
being like the rich
firmament of DNA

I have transmitted to my grandchildren
from a source older than our selves
part of some timeless process

of which we can discern
neither the beginning nor the end
so I should be thankful

they are now studied with care
under Rebecca’s inverted microscope
a cockatoo at her sunny window

before she goes out to walk
on the darkness surrounding me.


from the forthcoming book of poems Walking on Darkness:
     Peter Dale Scott
Walking on Darkness

Sheep Meadow Press
Publication date: September 6, 2016
$16.95 Paperback
ISBN: 9781937679644