Interior IV 1970, Margaret Olley

 Alicia Sometimes

How to sit comfortably on a chair in a painting


How to rearrange the pillows and lie down

with your cool lemonade, book in hand

and glance sideways into the salty afternoon


How to display artifacts as if they wore you

How to rest your temperament on a Sunday


To write notes on your arm for later

with your hair, the color of clouds


To allow the day to sway on a whim,

to let the inside out, the frames ready 

to arc at any moment


DH Lawrence said scientific knowledge 

killed the awe of the sun


Margaret Olley resurrected it in our lounge room

Alicia Sometimes is an Australian writer and broadcaster. She has performed her spoken word and poetry at many venues, festivals and events around the world. Her poems have been in Best Australian Science Writing, Best Australian Poems and more. She is director and co-writer of the science-poetry planetarium shows, Elemental and Particle/Wave. Particle/Wave has had sell-out shows as part of Melbourne International Arts Festival and World Science Festival Brisbane and is touring in 2019.