Planet Suburbia

 Planet Suburbia


The sounds of suburbia:

The relentless, motorised cleaning machine,

eating away hours of power, 

pausing only momentarily.

The collective pack of dogs,

savaging the night silence 

with their unwelcome attention. 

The car, honking in greeting,

in alarm, at any moment,

a once-shiny new toy. 


The landscape of suburbia:

Rooms, refitted for purpose,

a garage turned workshop,

with restless toddler at the door,

banging – what could be more important?

Unaware every moment is planned for,

in every day,

until she finds her own plan, 

in her own corner of the planet,

in her own season.



Linda Sacco


Linda Sacco is a teacher and writer living in Melbourne, Australia.

Her qualifications include Bachelor of Arts (Professional Writing) from Victoria University and Master of Teaching (Primary) from The University of Melbourne.

Her poetry has been published in Ariel Chart, Bluepepper, Dead Snakes, Dual Coast Magazine, 50 Haikus, Haiku Journal, Haiku Pond, Inwood Indiana, Poetry Quarterly, Poetry Pacific, Tanka Journal, Three Line Poetry and Track + Signal Magazine. Her first full-length poetry collection is Waves.

In 2022, her poem River was nominated for The Pushcart Prize.

She is the author of the Which Is Your Perfect Pet? ebook series with titles on Dog Breeds, Designer Dogs, Cat Breeds and Birds. A forthcoming title in the series, Rabbits and Rodents is due for release next year.

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