For maybe twenty minutes we sat together, one on one, as if staring back or forward into prehistory. LES MURRAY

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“All of us have our wires crossed and crisscrossed so many times it’s impossible to untangle the mess. It really does seem like the entire human race might as well be conversing with hand gestures and grunts, for all the success we’re having.”

― Jody Gehrman, Babe in Boyland

 

HIGH-SPEED BIRD
At full tilt, air gleamed –
and a window-struck kingfisher,
snatched up, lay on my palm
still beating faintly.

Slowly, a tincture
of whatever consciousness is
infused its tremor, and
ram beak wide as scissors

all hurt loganberry inside,
it crept over my knuckle
and took my outstretched finger
in its wire foot-rings.

Cobalt wings, shutting on beige
body. Gold under-eye whiskers,
beak closing in recovery
it faced outward from me.

For maybe twenty minutes
we sat together, one on one,
as if staring back or
forward into prehistory.

© 2010, Les Murray
From: Taller When Prone
Publisher: Black Inc., Melbourne, 2010

I played patiently simple melodies and basic chords waiting for home where I could sink into freedom: playing by ear.

Piano Lessons

CAMERON HINDRUM, TAS

http://www.australianpoetry.org/2012/11/26/piano-lessons/

Slowly, note by steady note I practised scales:

One man gets nothing but discord out of a piano; another gets harmony. No one claims the piano is at fault. Life is about the same. The discord is there, and the harmony is there. Study to play it correctly, and it will give forth the beauty; play it falsely, and it will give forth the ugliness. Life is not at fault.

http://www.piano-play-it.com/quotations-about-music.html

Two should stay together when crossing a ford.

Is treasa dithis a’ dol thar àn àtha na fad’ o chèile.

AUNT AND NIECE

“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.” 

― Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum LP

the sea accepts a hundred streams and rivers

a great person can accommodate things great and small

http://www.transname.com/sayings.html

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GEOFF PAGE

The poetry of

fear and loathing,

how long’s it been around?

Between what once were

Eden’s rivers

http://geoffpagepoet.wordpress.com/recent-poems/

 

 

my youth has gone a solitary crow circles adding his lament by janice bostock

http://www.ahapoetry.com/PP0101..htm

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“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.” 

― Martin Luther King Jr.

Have you ever seen a butterfly crawl back into its cocoon and become a caterpillar? Don’t go backwards.

http://proverbsway.com/tag/inspiration-quotes-about-butterflies/

BUTTERFLY IN BILAMBIL

The Mudgee Blockie

I am dust

as I sit and ponder

bereft of soul

for my soul is dancing in the wind with butterflies,

my soul is flashing silver backed gum leaves

in the sun

my soul is singing and sighing in river caves;

by Diane de St Hilaire Simmonds (c)

http://www.mudgeehistory.com.au/poems/poems_about_us_p2.html

 

A window of opportunity won’t open itself. Dave Weinbaum

http://www.californiaindianeducation.org/inspire/world/

WINDOWS IN AUCHENSHUGGLE

Jill Jones

http://www.jilljones.com.au/poems.html

in the distance on the verandah

having said yes too many times and become loaded,
i believe you, “all doors lead to busy rooms”,
the darkness can roll in while you’re not looking
so that afternoon sprouts night outside your window
when you were turned away by talk and didn’t notice,
they say you can’t predict the tide accurately,
or turn back the future, but the telephone is continuous,
suddenly it occurs to me
that i have moved from being just a prisoner
to a more debatable shadowland
within which i am circling but not holding
or closing

from The Mask and the Jagged Star

“May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

IZZY FOREAL IN THE LIGHT

LEE EMMETT

ILLUMINATION

through shadows of deep sorrow
small light shines with hope
one by one stars appear
widening life’s scope

within space of moments
see boundless heavenly treasure
heart oppressed by lonely fear
opens to endless pleasure

extend inner eye beyond
selfish focus narrow
radiant force appreciate 

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Confucius say: Man who drop watch in toilet, bound to have shitty time.

http://www.inspirational-quotes-short-funny-stuff.com/funny-confucius.html

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SLIM NEWTON

There was a red-back on the toilet seat
When I was there last night,
I didn’t see him in the dark,
But boy! I felt his bite!
I jumped high up into the air,
And when I hit the ground,
That crafty red-back spider
Wasn’t nowhere to be found.

There was a red-back on the toilet seat
When I was there last night,
I didn’t see him in the dark,
But boy! I felt his bite!
And now I’m ere in hospital,
A sad and sorry plight,
And I curse the red-back spider
On the toilet seat last night.

Rushed in to the missus,
Told her just where I’d been bit,
She grabbed the cut-throat razor blade,
And I nearly took a fit.
I said “Just forget what’s on your mind,
And call a doctor please,
‘Cause I’ve got a feeling that your cure
Is worse than the disease.”

There was a red-back on the toilet seat
When I was there last night,
I didn’t see him in the dark,
But boy! I felt his bite!
And now I’m ere in hospital,
A sad and sorry plight,
And I curse the red-back spider
On the toilet seat last night.

I can’t lay down, I can’t sit up,
And I don’t know what to do,
And all the nurses think it’s funny,
But that’s not my point of view.
I tell you it’s embarrassing,
(And that’s to say the least)
That I’m too sick to eat a bite,
While that spider had a feast!

There was a red-back on the toilet seat
When I was there last night,
I didn’t see him in the dark,
But boy! I felt his bite!
And now I’m ere in hospital,
A sad and sorry plight,
And I curse the red-back spider
On the toilet seat last night.

And when I get back home again,
I tell you what I’ll do,
I’ll make that red-back suffer
For the pain I’m going through.
I’ve had so many needles
That I’m looking like a sieve,
And I promise you that spider
Hasn’t very long to live!

There was a red-back on the toilet seat
When I was there last night,
I didn’t see him in the dark,
But boy! I felt his bite!
And now I’m ere in hospital,
A sad and sorry plight,
And I curse the red-back spider
On the toilet seat last night.

If I see one more person freak out on drugs here, I’ll ring the fuzz in Wanganui

If I see one more person freak out on drugs here, I’ll ring the fuzz in Wanganui, and when they arrive, I’ll point you out as the distributor. A broad man like you shouldn’t mind a spell in Wanganui jail.

(Oliver, W.H. Port Nicholson Press 1983).

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“I’ve learned to get really good at this – say one thing when I’m thinking about something else, act like I’m listening when I’m not, pretend to be calm and happy when I’m really freaking out. It’s one of the skills you perfect as you get older

― Lauren Oliver, Delirium

Brothers,I am glad to see so many of you nd see you playing the old games. I shall not keep you long,but you have asked for my advice.Our way of life is gone.Your children must travel the white man’s roads. Geronimo

 

KNOX BROTHERS IN BRISBANE

“Keep your head up, forge forward fee-sabeel-illah, keep praying, learning, thinking, following your dreams, and loving the people in your life. It’s all worth it, it all matters and makes a difference. Every single thing you do is meaningful, even when you don’t see it. You are my brothers, my sisters, my heroes.”

– Wael Abdelgawad

“I was nervous. Like an ice cube, I just froze up. Then I melted in some strange guy’s drink.

― Jarod Kintz, The Titanic would never have sunk if it were made out of a sink.

NERVOUS FROG

alysha herrmann

I finger the papers. Leaf through the words. Words I’ve written.
Words I’ll say. Nerves. A tiny tremor of, what if.
How do I know? What they’ll say. What they’ll think.
Hear that name. My name. Two steps. Another. More.
Deep breath.”

http://alyshaherrmann.wordpress.com/tag/australian-poetry/

 

“To hold, you must first open your hand. Let go”. Lao Tzu

http://sillysutras.com/surrender-quotes/

 

SURRENDER

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Nightfall, Dalat, Vietnam

Dusk slides down the gullet,
is devoured whole
by the mouth of transience,
does not exist:
the day, requited,
is clasped by ebony fingers,
surrenders smooth to waiting dark.

David Adès

http://friendlystreetpoets.org.au/?page_id=155

Children have neither past nor future; they enjoy the present. Jean de la Bruyere

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“My will shall shape my future. Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man’s doing but my own. I am the force; I can clear any obstacle before me or I can be lost in the maze. My choice; my responsibility; win or lose, only I hold the key to my destiny.”
–  Elaine Maxwell

“You have nothing to dance about until you are over the age of 30.” — Bert Balladine

http://www.shahina.com/poetry/quotes.htm

 

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I’ll dance with mob on this red Land, munda wiru

place

I’ll dance away them half-caste lies ‘cos I got my

Nanas face!

Ali Cobby Eckermann.

little bit long time. Australian Poetry Centre, Balclava, 2009.