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Houses of Sydney

Vivienne Plumb

With a seven-foot locked fence
at the side of the house
it’s a compound, more members
of the family live next door.
They have grown exotic pendulous
green fruit.
I ask her what the fruit is
no english no english no english.

The Tongan family on the other side
of my cousin’s neighbours
complained to them
about their lovemaking.
You can make love in Sydney
but you mustn’t leave the windows open.

The opposite home is a fortress
with bolted roller shutters
on their windows and a beware the dog sign.
Who had opened the gate
and forgotten to chain it?
Who who who.


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