Naarm/Melbourne / Writer

Uni student, studying from home

Ro is a Filipinx-Australian who writes non-fiction and makes photo and video art on the unceded land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. They also edit poetry at Voiceworks Magazine. Ro is currently attempting to reconcile their drive to find ways to stay with the trouble, and their desire to never be rooted in one place, ever.


We are at the cliffs where your father grew up after he ran away from home. We scale the face of one and you are leading the way, but this time, I am carrying my suitcase and it is hard. You are carrying nothing. When I reach the bottom you are gone and I've been left on my own. I look around the curved belly of the cliff, and have an implicit knowing: this must be home. I do not feel afraid like I did before, even though the water will rise. I drag my suitcase through the rock pools and all my stuff is soaking, though I have no recollection of damaging the landscape.


NOTE:  Stage 4 isolation. Had this dream when isolation began.

© Neptune and Manisha Anjali

© Neptune and Manisha Anjali