Purnululu Wind

The wind walks here.

She brushes past me
and runs her fingers through the feathery, sun-lit grasses
rustling the taffeta underskirts of the Livistona Palms as she passes.

I walk with her and she plays with me
tickling my face with stray wisps of hair
then she rushes off through a gap between the walls of rock.
She calls to me.
I follow her whispers to a secret waterpool, twinkling in the sun.
To my delight
she scatters gusts of silver glitter across the surface of the water.

The towering mounds of red and black striped rock surround me.
I am awed by their majesty
and as I wander on
I step where I’ll leave no footprint.

I softly sing to the ancient Spirit that I sense
surrounded by Presence.

It is late in the day.
I have turned back
but have ventured far.
I sense her displeasure.
She buffets and puffs around me
picking up sand and throwing it at the backs of my legs, stinging me.
She whips up a whirl of dust nearby
which dances a moment and dies.
Discarded leaves skip, trip and tumble along the dry river bed.
I walk quickly.

Later, as the firelight flickers,
the air moves
but she is not in it.

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Written while camping at Purnululu National Park (the Bungle Bungles) after a day of wandering the Picaninny Creek Gorge… I left at sunrise and returned at sunset and saw a grand total of five people… It is a magical place!

Featured in the Australian Travel Photography and Writing group ~ thank you very much!


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  • Nerida13
    Nerida13almost 5 years ago

    Fantastic poem. Your words create wonderful vivid images in my head.

  • Thanks, Nerida. I have never felt a spiritual presence more strongly than at Purnululu (the Bungle Bungles)… I have visited many churches and other places of worship, but it was an incredible place… Uluru also had a strong sense of presence, but it was less welcoming… hope that makes sense!!! Thanks for commenting… I really appreciate it!

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Nerida13
    Nerida13over 4 years ago

    Congratulations! Your work has been featured in the Australian Travel Photography and Writing group 11 Jan 2010.

  • Thanks, Nerida!! :)

    – Mieke Boynton

  • EarthGipsy
    EarthGipsyover 4 years ago

    Very evocative!

  • Thanks, Sonia!

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Isa Rodriguez
    Isa Rodriguezover 4 years ago

    wow,,,, BEAUTIFUL imagery……. how passionately written.. falling in love with the land and there is nothing that lifts my spirits up more than a walk . invigorating poetry, Mieke

  • Awww, thank you Isa! :) :)

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Terry Everson
    Terry Eversonover 4 years ago
    A great piece of writing Mieke. It is indeed a special place.
  • Thank you, Terry ~ I would love to go back there and do the overnight hike into Picaninny Gorge, but next time, I’ll probably take someone with me… It was a little scary at times being all alone in that vast, open expanse!

    – Mieke Boynton

  • SusanAdey
    SusanAdeyover 4 years ago

    Congrats on your well deserved feature. You write beautifully, Mieke. :)

  • Richard George
    Richard Georgeover 2 years ago

    soulfull piece Mieke…

  • Thanks for following the link, Richard!! :) :) :) Glad you enjoyed it :)

    – Mieke Boynton

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