On Charter

Michael, K. "On Charter", in N.N. Trakakis (ed.) Southern Sun, Aegean Light: Poetry of Second-Generation Greek-Australians, 2011, p. 223.  


The old man

Had a bizarre custom

Of walking the open streets

With his umbrella held high

Above his head-


I often wondered if it was

A means of protection

Against the harmful forces of

          UV rays,

          Or an outward plea

          Urging the winds

             To swiftly swoop him up

             Towards the source

                  of changing weather.


First published in Ed. Alison White, The Australian Anthology of New Poets 1995, White-Wood Services, WA, Australia, 1995, p. 258.