Outback Animated Cartoon

A poem by Emily Leider

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Thumper thumps
says something fresh to a dingo
jumps into skunk-cabbage patches
picks through spinifex scrub.

Under the shade of the coulibah tree
pursued by koalas
Kanga bolts between billabongs
negotiates mangrove-dense swamps.

In the marsupial ease of evening
cozy as cocoa, Baby Roo peers
from his La-Z-Boy pouch
heart’s iamb pounding

I-am, Mom, I-am.


Emily Leider has published one poetry collection and four biographies. She lives in San Francisco.

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