S. C. Flynn

First View of the Southern Cross

Uluru, central Australia, 1000 BC

You run fast, emu in the sky,

on your long black legs.

In every season

that I’ve carried my children

behind my husband

you have been above.

And the tree possum

over your head

has watched us

with his hand of shining eyes.

Stay over us, sky emu.

Watch us closely tonight, tree possum.

I am afraid of this place

where the earth rose up

in gleaming blood.

S.C. Flynn was born in Australia of Irish origin and now lives in Dublin. His poetry has recently been published in Cyphers, The Galway Review, Ink Sweat & Tears, Crow of Minerva and Drawn to the Light.