I am a sundial
in a sunken garden.
On the days when you show your face
I bask, all those long warm hours.
You only see me when I glow,
borrowing your radiance –
but behind me, where you cannot see,
circles a cold shadow blade.
It gets longer the closer you are to leaving,
and in it
are all the iron-frost memories
of the days when you do not come.
from Mapless in Underland, Ginninderra Press, 2004. Set to music by choral composer Sandra Milliken and performed in Brisbane in 2004.