On Picnic at Hanging Rock
"Everything begins and ends at the exactly right time and place."
– Joan Lindsey
Sometimes I still wonder about Australia
and the Everywhen they keep lodged in rock.
My ex-boyfriend was different when he came home
from Melbourne. I asked him what it was like and he told
me to sit still and contemplate the black river pearls.
They looked like flecks of empty space.
If I could just phone Miranda from whatever
plane she’s on, and ask her what time is it there?
Is it possible to just want to believe that the girls
threw corsets off the cliff so they might dance
as they pleased elsewhere? The reality might be
that they’re simply cutting the same Saint
Valentine cake again and again.
Kailey Tedesco is the author of These Ghosts of Mine, Siamese (Dancing Girl Press) and the forthcoming poetry collection, She Used to be on a Milk Carton (April Gloaming Publications). She is the editor-in-chief of Rag Queen Periodical and a staff writer for Luna Luna Magazine. She also performs in the Poetry Brothel. You can find her work featured or forthcoming in Bellevue Literary Review, Rogue Agent, fields, Prick of the Spindle, and more. For more information, please visit kaileytedesco.com.