Martin Christmas – 1 poem

Natural Selection



Early morning suburban trek.

Two magpies standing still.


I summon up the gods.

Artemis, Actaeon and Pan.


The Druid within channels.

‘Yaa-er, Yaa-er’ in fluent magpie.


They look at each other.

‘Dick-head, dick-head’ is all I hear.


They fly off  impressively.





Martin Christmas lives in Adelaide, South Australia, and has been published in several Australian poetry anthologies, and overseas in Red River Review (USA) (Featured Poet), and StepAway Magazine (UK). His chapbooks are Immediate Reflections and The Deeper Inner. He has co-written a conversation poetry book, D&M Between 2 Men. His first full-length poetry and photography book, Random Adventures will be published in late 2019.