Little Utopia by Robert David Verdon

‘I live’ — she gushed — ‘in a suburban house
Three bedrooms, dog and cat, solar cells,
Small front lawn with vegies in one corner,
On a terrace with a magnificent view and the
Summer hum of electric mowers,
In a serviced pyramidal block like those in Tenochtitlan,
No steep stairs or sacrifices, just a zig-zag path for bikes and
Mobility scooters and pedestrians, and shops inside,
Public housing in part and on prime land,
Ten storeys up and topped with a wind machine.’

Robert Verdon
Robert Verdon has been writing for may years. He once belonged to Aberrant Genotype Press in Canberra. He came 2nd in the 2012 W.B. Yeats Poetry Prize, and was Highly Commended in the 2012 erbacce Prize, UK. His books include The Well- Scrubbed Desert, Her Brilliant Career, & Before we Knew this Century. He is currently completing PhD on the imaginal scene in poetry composition. His hobbies include cycling, walking and 10-pin bowling.

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