by Lesley Williams, Altitude, Volume 2, Article 5, 2002.
PDF Version: Beyond My Window
Beneath the surface of me (1)…a philosophical daydream on the metaphoric and practical qualities of Utopia
At the tip of each fine frond of the Melaleuca, fat drops of rain collect and gleam wetly with reflected light, until a wrenching wind-gust launches them back into the saturated grey backdrop of afternoon, into the swift flow of water channelling a depression along the edge of the mown space just beyond our fence. Parrots, three, bright orange at chest and crest, a hint of green, turquoise winged, dance and dash through short watery grass, gather wash-away seeds with gusto.
All the birds are energised by the rain. A dozen sparrows peck and twitter in the Hakea. Two blackbirds chase a nosy yellow-wing away from their nest-site in the ivy-covered tank stand.
Lesley Williams studies in the English Department at Adelaide University.