• Vol. 08
  • Chapter 03

Bolt Cutters

Our eternal march
through space & time
brought us to a wire fence
this past calendar year.

It soon became apparent
that we couldn’t
simply go over or around.

Then Fiona Apple
dropped her iridescent album
‘Fetch the Bolt Cutters’
in the middle of April.

Her title was an apt metaphor
for what we needed to do
to get through
this past calendar year.

As I faced each fresh

losing freedoms due to the rona
settling into a new senior role
           losing my beloved young mother
breaking up with my partner—

I kept reminding myself
that I needed to actively persevere


Bolt Cutters

till the point of break through
to the Australian summer
holidays, to

this new calendar year.