Rachel Morton


Rachel Morton is a poet from South-West Victoria. She graduated with a degree in English from the University of Melbourne in 2004 and completed a Master's degree in Applied Linguistics in 2009. She lives and works in Melbourne. She was short-listed for the 2019 Australian Catholic University Prize for Poetry.


They say that wild geese mate for life, and so I was happy

when I saw them with you.

But then I think no maybe it was swans that we saw,

or maybe it was geese but maybe the ones who mate for life

are actually swans.

Either way maybe I have got things terribly wrong.

Things are not as they appear, they say, but I did not know

I could get myself into such a confusing situation

where I can’t even tell if they are wild geese or swans.

And where the knowing which they are,

and then knowing which ones are in the myth,

and then knowing if the myth is to be believed

is the only way I’ll know

what’s going on

with me and you.


Now I’m trying to think of a name for this poem,

and I think it’s pretty good as long as it has a name

that gives some kind of answer and answers

I don’t have right now,

have never really had, only questions, in layers,

like an onion as they say.

Or more like lasagne. I think maybe the answer is lasagne.

Mum’s meat lasagne which she didn’t make very often

because it was a lot of work,

twice as much work as spaghetti bolognaise, and

twice as many dishes to wash up too

so that means too much work for mum who cooks the food

and for dad who does the dishes

and god knows they were already overloaded

with work with the three of us.

So when mum made lasagne it was an extra special night

and tasted like meat, and love, and tomatoes.