In the year 2020
Janus looks back and sees:
a woman swats a fly against a kitchen window
a cricket ball abandoned in an empty field
teenagers’ clothes on a bedroom floor
youths demand climate change action
mothers give birth on the roadside
a woodpecker drums against a tree
harvests reaped, cherries planted.
Janus sees other things too:
terrorists, refugees and evacuees
volcanoes, floods and tornadoes
a thick rainbow after a storm
doors close, windows open
towns and forests ablaze
astronomers count stars
a world at war
and on it goes.
Janus’ other head
heaves a sigh
sees it all
Martha Landman lives in Adelaide, South Australia and has published widely. She has previously contributed to Nine Muses Poetry.