* Drinking, women, hunting, gaming, fondness for dress, harshness of speech, and severity, are great blemishes in a prince.

"Fables and proverbs from the Sanskrit : being the Hitopadesa"


Once I met a mad Rosella
He was quite a crazy fella
Who got drunk on nectar-ferment
From a rich old bottle-brush
His wings he flapped and fluttered
While foolishly he muttered
I wish I was an eagle
Or a fine plumed English thrush.

Kevin Gilbert.

The Poetry of Politics: Australian Aboriginal Verse.


foto – wide river cafe 2009. sundays live.

" Shun doctors and doctors’ drugs if you wish to be well," was the seventh, last, and best, rule of health laid down by the famous physician Hoffman

"A collection of the proverbs of all nations"


" The sins of our youth we atone for in our old age " (Latin).

foto – lynne sanders at hungry head 1973

"Always judge your fellow passengers to be the opposite of what they strive to appear to be.”

"A collection of the proverbs of all nations"


Beauty is one of God’s gifts," says Mr. Lewes, "and every one really submits to its influence, whatever platitudes he may think needful to issue.

foto – barbara in south grafton emporium. 2009.

Every rose has its prickles.


Above the valley the stars come on,
one by one, and the moon
is a golden carp tangled in the pool
beneath the footbridge where I stand
caught between yesterday and tomorrow
casting questions like bright feathers
into a river of revolving sky.


North Towards Yesterday

by Lyn Reeves

Dangerously Poetic

foto – lynne on her 60th with a white rose from her siblings.

Italian proverb. " Home, my own home, tiny though thou be, to me thou seemest an abbey."

jenni 014

Covetousness brings nothing home. 


"A collection of the proverbs of all nations"



Aboriginal poems and poetry


My Want Today

Here I am today

Some new ways learned

To try and stay calm

And not crash and burn

Still ways to go

To improve my life

And not pick up a beer

It’ll surely lead to strife

Sit back, take a breath

Something I’ve never done

Learning not to stress

A new life has begun

I’ll go and throw a line

It’s a beautiful day

The breeze in my face

Bad memories fade away

It’s comin’ on dark

I didn’t know the time

Home to cook a feed

And settle for the night

My want for the day

Is embedded in my heart

Don’t stuff up the day

Tomorrow’s a new start.

THANKS TO B Robertson, Oolong House, Nowra, NSW


foto – coldstream street ulmarra 2009.

THRIFT. Cut your coat according to your cloth.

jenni 047


Hindustani doggerel, the accuracy of which is only too true :

"Says the hemp, I am of gorgeous hue;
Says the poppy, I am king of the world;
But says the opium, I am a lady-love,
Who takes me once takes me for ever."


foto – SHELLBOUND in ulmarra 2009

However slow, however fast, The river still keeps flowing past.

"Proverbs of the people : a cento of aphorisms reasonably rhymed"


All men were made brothers. The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it. You might as well expect the rivers to run backward as that any man who was born free should be content when penned up and denied liberty to go where he pleases.

Chief Joseph

(Nez Percé chief, c. 1840-1904)

Children in a family are like flowers in a bouquet: there’s always one determined to face in an opposite direction from the way the arranger desires. Marcelene Cox


Companionship in all distress 
Makes tribulations seem the less.

Proverbs of the people : a cento of aphorisms reasonably rhymed

foto – dinner at ulmarra pub oct 09