Natural Covering

yellow pollen, pink
petals and brown leaves adhere
to the rear window
of a parked black sedan, moist
with spring rain, blown by west winds

About the Author

Nathanael O’Reilly is an Irish-Australian residing in Texas. His poems have appeared in journals and anthologies published in twelve countries, including Antipodes, Anthropocene, Australian Love Poems, Cordite, FourXFour, Glasgow Review of Books, Headstuff, Marathon, Mascara, Postcolonial Text, Skylight 47, Snorkel, Tincture, Transnational Literature, Verity La and The Newcastle Poetry Prize Anthology 2017. His books include (Un)belonging (Recent Work Press, 2020), Preparations for Departure (UWAP Poetry, 2017), named one of the “2017 Books of the Year” in Australian Book Review, Cult (Ginninderra Press, 2016), Distance (Ginninderra Press, 2015), Suburban Exile (Picaro Press, 2011) and Symptoms of Homesickness (Picaro Press, 2010).