Brisbane floods leave city centre deserted as thousands flee

12 Jan

The town of Theodore, north of Brisbane, is one of many communities devastated after weeks of torrential rain (photo:

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Dream Toll


My girlfriend, shoulder high, spills into a river

paddles people’s homes through a ghost town


she is a swollen snake swallowing up dry ground

come. Who will see her worst bits


abandoned on a murky sunrise?

We people bedded danger and deserted


the surreal barricades of heartbreak.

We never heeded the electricity rising


we waded through plastic and traffic lights

missing the low-focus sirens across a tin stream.


Worse, we expected to balance our mood

on a mooring, to shelter our bodies from bad dreams.

3 Responses to “Brisbane floods leave city centre deserted as thousands flee”

  1. Julia January 15, 2011 at 9:30 am #

    Just browsed your website and wanted to say that my dear, you are a poetry goddess! Love the poems and love the concept.

  2. altarmylife January 16, 2011 at 9:58 am #

    Sad but sweet. Love this line “she is a swollen snake swallowing up dry ground.” Yessssssss!

  3. marxistelf January 16, 2011 at 7:01 pm #

    Another engaging poem, thank you!

    The introduction of the girlfriend, feminising the flood, and the snake link very neatly to flood mythology, particularly indigenous Australian myth. Are you from Austraila? The poem seems very similar to Gunwinggu myths surrounding the rain serpent;

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