only the wind (is free) by Frank Prem

in the graveyard
of abandoned dreams

the ghost
in the wind is free
to play

listen …

the squeal
is the rhythm
of a swing grown too rigid
to back and forth
by wistful breath

the rattle
of the branches

come on
come on

but the ghost remains
even as it moans
a hollow
to the sky

oh oh

the slide
is a shriek of shivers
of a fingernail
and a drag

from the top
right to the bottom
of the cry

and somewhere
is a remnant
of the laughter
of a child

ha-a ha-ha-ha


the ghost in the wind
is in
the mist
and in the fog

it is not free

it cannot


About the author: Frank Prem has been a storytelling poet for forty years. When not writing or reading his poetry to an audience, he fills his time by working as a psychiatric nurse.

He has been published in magazines, zines and anthologies, in Australia and in a number of other countries, and has both performed and recorded his work as ‘spoken word’.

He lives with his wife, musician and artist Leanne Murphy, in the beautiful township of Beechworth in northeast Victoria (Australia).

In December 2018, Frank released a free verse memoir – Small Town Kid (Amazon e-book link: of growing up in a rural Australian setting during the 1960s and 70s.

He has no known prior association with Speculative fiction other than being an avid fan of Ursula Le Guin, John Scalzi, Robin Hobb and countless others all the way back to Tolkien.

Franks main links are:

Author page:

Poetry blog:



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1 thought on “only the wind (is free) by Frank Prem

  1. Reblogged this on Frank Prem Poetry and commented:
    The good folk at Australian Speculative Fiction have been provocative enough with their choice of photograph to cause a poem to be born, and kind enough to give it a home, here at their website.

    I thank them. Speculative fiction has not been something I had considered at all until recently. Now, I may just be hooked.

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