Australian Postage Stamp, 1972 Overland Telegraph Line (Painted By John Copeland) by John Doyle

The night is never black,
leave that honour for
some tin-shack morse-coded outpost,
rattling behind the moon,

Copeland’s symmetry
suggests growth,
imagine teachers telling fifth-formers
that before an exam, scalpels

for frogs, mathematics for the eye.
But that’s not my style
not his either, my eyes
closed on his bloodshot sky,

on lines from Darwin to Perth
Newcastle to Geelong,
Corroborees telegraphed in dream-time,
the gangling alpha-male dances with

moonshine Morse-code,
body in
gold, black, red,
viscerous talk on glimmering wires

John Doyle
John Doyle Bio: The only good bio is a bio strung-up outside some gold-prospector’s wooden shack with his dog Jake sniffing at its last remaining remnants of sanguine flesh; So I will keep it simple, I’m from County Kildare, Ireland, and I love nothing more than stumbling across 3rd Division football games in Slovenia or Belgium on a Sunday morning as a welcome interlude while trying outsmart fellow bio hunters.


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