Creative Innovation 2019 (Ci2019)

Poem by Johanna Featherstone at Creative Innovation 2012

Monday, 17 December 2012


One phone touch and I’m sucked

back to work:

banana bread, espressos,

emoticons, evaporations in a water pitcher;

acronyms, strategies, margin loans

in air-con the skin grows plastic,

and blank like the office orchid.


Tuesday, I was scared suitless

of breaking out a mistake

leaving the team

with a lost reputation.

My mouth filled

with nail clippings

the thunderous

rumours of the unannounced

lunch invitation –


Overstrung, overtaxed

overweight, but amazingly

– not fired,



in a laurel of tax returns:


the best,

the youngest

freckle on earth;

a fine sandwich

on a large silver platter.


Switched off, Saturday bounces;

I hunt and gather

in the hardware store,

farmer’s markets, bonsai clusters;

inspired without pay.


Open day without a tie;

I am uncomplicated as   a hole puncher,

certain as                      a paperweight

longer than a     bullet point;


In high relief, at home, I’m no file name

or page number, date, dead line or late;

have no itch to eject from my new leather chair

my sag and bones, paralysed by responsibility.


I’m a sharp magpie with an open beak

shaded in magnolia,

fresh and styled with sleep,

that’s made it to noon.


Heavenly blend of naked

arms, no alarms and mess.

Self-time is blessed

yet, lasts as long as a thumb;


after weekend rest and affection

the want to work is stronger,

with a wide sky energy, skin

exudes elastic happiness


I charge across the earth,

wild flowers behind my ears.


Johanna Featherstone © 

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