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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Reilly Smethurst is a composer and a poet. He is currently enrolled as a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne.

Reilly Smethurst



Mystery, what mystery?

A mango will inform you
when it's ready to be eaten
by the softness of its flesh:
one need only to touch it.
A grape issues invitations
via the clarity of its hue.

A lover will drink to schedule
and expose a need with as few slurred words
as possible; though one need not listen.
Anchored eyes and paddling hands
beg for the command: Stroke! Stroke! Stroke!

I see no mystery; I see clearly,
and I am happy to ignore.