Prelude to Summer Surfscape (The Lifesaving Tower)

  I Before summer’s aquatic veil reveals frothy rips and lacy undertows crimson and marigold bunting ceremonially unfurled atop stakes flagging perimeters of safer swimming zones marched by the barefoot patrol erected at day’s start by volunteers on watch over those who venture to engage in worthy battle beyond the warming sands II Seasonal arrival […]

BONDI BEACH-ITIS

Sydney had a temperature. Bondi Beach waved, beckoning. Ignoring thousands of pale bodies packed like grilling prawns on the sand, she feels the soothing cool water on hot skin and tastes the familiar saltiness of the Pacific. Offshore the incredible chattering of the masses at play rises cicada-like. Emerging, her senses are assaulted by foreign […]

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 […]

Going Home (Centre of the Sun)

Sunday afternoon drinks the centre of the sun sinks into casuarinas known when the day is nearly done we are going home. Wave-ridden girls saved my inner mother reborn bathed in saltwater spa foam cool air on weekend’s curtain drawn we are going home. Damp towel clings sand on feet where washing brings squeaky thongs […]

SMOKIN’ HOT DREAM AUTHOR

You’re moving your toes through the cold sand. It’s late and the night is on your tongue. The dream author pulls a cigarette and lights up. What happens next? [from a 14 July 2013 Facebook post by the Byron Bay Writers Festival https://www.facebook.com/bbwritersfestival?hc_location=timeline%5D She sauntered across the chopped-up beach to where I’d laid down to […]