A Solitary Walk

I’ve lost my reflection And finding it is bucket listed above the Greek Islands But below retirement. I don’t yet know if it is In your mirrored glasses Or In a puddle on potted asphalt But I sense its existence In my warm breath In this cold air And maybe there’s a mirror In a…

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A Solitary Walk

I’ve lost my reflection And finding it is bucket listed above the Greek Islands But below retirement. I don’t yet know if it is In your mirrored glasses Or In a puddle on potted asphalt But I sense its existence In my warm breath In this cold air And maybe there’s a mirror In a…

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Just a Day

I underestimated this ordinary day in December 2014. His brother had been gone a week or two. His soul mate really, soul twin, the ‘other’ that grounded his 80 year life. He fell asleep after the Eulogy, a speech he gave without prompt or pause. The grand speech of his life. He had clawed himself…

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Good Old Days

Remember when ‘politics’ Meant debate about Trickle down economics And your foe was just A decent capitalist Yearning for the dollar Less of a fan, of course Of a social welfare state But still your mate A human on the other side Of a reasonable divide.

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The Crashing Braves

I am so small And drowning In massive waves That will crush me If they break while I stand naked In backlit honesty Stained from a day That toiled, swords drawn With my tender heart And spoiled my hair When I sweated cold With stomach knotted And gritted my teeth And shut my eyes Breathing…

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Quelle Difference

She tells me she thinks horizontally: An ‘aha’ moment for this vertical thinker. She says it is another reason we should not be together, So I point out evolutionary theory or genetics, Or some paper I read once about pheromones And how our kids would cover the axis (Centre line aligned). Opposites attract for a…

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Love

The dusty air Is warm My throat is dry And you and I We’re in overalls On the bank Of an ancient river Waiting for rain That we can smell Waiting … For so long we Start talking tall Of sea creatures Anemones Sounds like Enemies We collapse Laughing To unforgiving earth As rain falls…

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Funeral

Tears tease my face – Pressed into my hand – Propped by an elbow On a window frame. Cars pass steadily as Dandenong Rd comes and goes like an old mate Familiar but much changed. Arriving early – I take in the stillness And silence – The smell of the heat wave the creaking pews…

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A message from a Southerner

Bring back the old days: When we had progress going for us Idealised hope for inclusivity Cos we knew more and thought more And saw the world of difference and embraced it And I was sorely mistaken: I thought you embraced me Yet your arms fell to your side and my body slipped away And I fell…

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The Diplomatic Post

Sleep-ins foil good intentions As the sun gives rise and servitude to Christmas Day I flick the kettle on and spy The sacrificial honeyed ham In an overloaded fridge That strains to cool the Offerings that hours later Will fill a lace tablecloth And the good plates And the Tupperware And landfill And… My spiral…

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