The sun has struck a bitter chord as its yellow light bastes the treetops
And even the tiny spider in the left hand corner has crept away.
But smile! 1, 2, 3, for the camera
As we stiffly sit in the statement car
Racking our archives for conversation.
And it’s one for the frames –
A high resolution shot for a picture-perfect outing.
“Keeping up appearances” by Josephine Devereux (Year 13 Logan Park High School). Intelligent and tightly-written, this poem questions values, destabilises word meanings, and turns on a burning core.