After the Burning / Comes the Rain (Two Drabbles)

The sweet essence of milled sugarcane washes over me. I’ve wound the car window down as I drive beside the river, inhaling the echo of sugar that earlier waved from a patchwork paddock. Exercising sun salutations in Winter’s stillness triggers the emergence of torchbearers. Circling the crop molten flames drop. Centrifugally forced, bush rats and the diamond […]

WALKING THE WAY OF WATER AND ROCK

Stepping in red soil country past Minyon’s weathered drop clay-smoothed hands cup a bird’s bath portal iron furrows over silent rail bridge timbers blinks into promised sky where tumbling rush of pebbles recycle the ground and veins pummel a sound like no other, tumbling gems whose scales flash within A shovel-scraped hill gathered grindings from creek’s serpentine edge skeletal […]

Bottlebrush Dancer (tanka)

  tango flower spirit dressed for night in red allure web-woven velvet skirted softness suspended lantern sways invitingly ___________ Bottlebrush Dancer is a variation from my usual haiku with a 31 syllable tanka (5-7-5-7-7) exploring personification of a bottle brush flower. The photograph captures just one flower that was hanging over our neighbour’s fence with […]

Heritage Gas Demise in Haiku

  Sperm whale deaths lit lamps ’til Newcastle coal brought heat Cook with Gas in brick Vertical retort Rezone demolish hot air Developer’s breath

A MOSAIC OF EX-PLATE

Walking to an afternoon’s ocean swim through the beachside car park, two children and their mother skirt a flower of smashed ceramic, crunched by passing wheels into a smattering of small angular petals. What was once a china plate decoratively mosaics the grey bitumen.  White pieces glinting hard-edged in the sun. Daughter observes that her […]

THE TIME OF DAY

Surface tension explodes in liquid refraction today’s last whale jumps through ozone-hazed mirror breaching myopic ceiling suspended in blue gravity acquiescing exhaled prisms under skies. Above whalebone bodice foamy lace lifted rainbows transform become cumulonimbus smearing horizon watermarked veils billowing outside empty windows. Fifteen seconds between constant beats mercury floating bivalve suns crystal tonnage imprisoned […]