Veronica is a published poet  and experienced lecturer in  Creative Writing. Publications include HQ Quarterly, Orbis, Weyfarers and Urthona.

For Joseph Beuys and my friends

Today I saved the rainforests and the bees

Tomorrow the economy and the Far Right will expire

In smoky puffs. Superhuman, we drive cars

Annoyed at the other drivers, air is fragile

Birds laugh at us; we are all idiots so we grow carrots

In sand and frame them in vitrines

Plant apple trees immediately and roll yourself

In elk skins, sign petitions and make the internet

Breed vampires and rubbery naked dolls-

My limbic brain argues with my pre frontal cortex

 I believe humans are beautiful, harbouring ill will

And growing roses. I am empty and I fight the emptiness

Instead of just accepting my liminal status

Imperfect , a work in progress, I draw in caves

Here a dawn horse, eohippus, there a giant hominid

I am working on inventing candles, it may help us all

To stay lost.

V. Aldous 2015  

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Cate's Lipstick


Cate Blanchett is incandescing, having a red lipstick moment

She dissembles, is caught out, winces.

Her phone rings twice, and the camera pans to the low table

Some deep hues emerge there which foretell her downfall.

What should she do? There is light on a wall in strange patterns,

I don't like the look of her blouse, too racy, too blue.

Her teeth probably ache. I know she's acting,  but does she feel

Culpable for this sad moon, this set of frames

This way we all respond? So we breathe in the lit-up air,

Remember some relative time, some infidelity

Or judgement to be made. The window is white:

In the shed there lingers some forgotten doll

Sitting waist high in a tin tub, tiny tears with drilled in holes

Peeing and crying. I am looking from far away,

At Cate from outer space, I am the lunar shift

Peering at dreams. The sprockets tear

The film flips and flaps, the audience groans

As though Cate has dropped through time -

Damn! I like her lipstick - that kiss-off colour!

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