Category Archives: SHORTCOMINGS

If one loves, one loves the whole person as he or she is, and not as one might wish them to be. ~ Lev Tolstoi, Russia



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“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

Queensland Times (Ipswich) (Qld. : 1909 – 1954), Monday 5 August 1946,

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My sister’s staying. Things are not
where I’m used to finding them. This time
I tell myself it doesn’t matter. This time
I’m the one who has been cut. The poem
I wrote for her has come back to bite me.
So she is here to help. She’s already done
the garden, finishing off the jobs her sister started.
The peace lily my mother gave me when my father died
has been re-potted and is doing well beneath the camellia.
Today we walked to Market Town for a little bit of retail
therapy: DVDs and shoes. We also saw a movie called
Brokeback Mountain, which, according to the publicists,
is about gay cowboys. In fact it’s more about
how love isn’t always able to be
what you want.
We also watch her favourite TV shows, most of which
seem to be about the supernatural. And every now and then
she says something that lets me know how she coped
with her cancer. Keeping company, we are aware
of how living and dying reach out to each other, learning to be
at ease in my new leather lounge. It’s good: we’re still here
for the moment and that will have to be enough.
© 2005, Noel Rowe
From: Touching the Hem
Publisher: Vagabond Press, Sydney, 2005


Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often.”

― Mae West

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If you have ever chomped, chewed, gulped, or even smelt something that shocked or repulsed your senses – chilli, wasabi, lemon juice, stilton cheese,  stinky tofu,  spoiled food – doubtlessly you puckered up immediately.

In China that unsightly creased face embodies resentfulness.

“Tis pity wine should be so deleterious, for tea and coffee leave us much more serious.”

~ Lord Byron

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“You have to get away from them. You have to get as far away as you can otherwise they’ll kill you with their lives. They don’t know what they do. They are careless with themselves and they take too much for granted. They make their shortcomings your problem. The only way to keep your head above it and heal your wounds is to crawl away.”

― Henry Rollins, Black Coffee Blues

Oriental — Unmitigated evil is as rare As wings upon a cat, or flowers of air, As rabbits’ horns, or ropes of tortoise hair.

"Eastern Proverbs and Emblems Illustrating Old Truths"


the ordinary world  being made up of such distractions as “cats, clouds, cars, tears, opinions

foto – black cat on purple spread raleigh 2010

When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock, And you hear the kyouck and gobble of the struttin’ turkey-cock, And the clackin’ of the guineys, and the cluckin’ of the hens, And the rooster’s hallylooyer as he tiptoes on the fence; O, it’s then’s the times a feller is a-feelin’ at his best, With the risin’ sun to greet him from a night of peaceful rest, As he leaves the house, bareheaded, and goes out to feed the stock.

James Whitcomb Riley 1849-1916


The marks of the sluggard or idler are

(1) Loves not difficulties : will not plough by reason of cold, Prov. 20. 4 ;

(2) loves not disturbance, though death’s handwriting may be on the wall;

(3) enjoys not the good in hand ; roasts not what was taken in hunting, Prov. 12. 27 ;

(4) his way hedged with thorns, Prov. 15. 19 ; such were the ten tribes — too lazy to go up to Jerusalem, i Kings 12.28;. so with the servant in the parable of the talents;

(5) allows weeds on his fields, Prov. 24. 30 ;

(6) desires onlybut makes no efforts ; so Balaam wished the death of the righteous, but led not the life of the righteous, Nimi. 23. 10;

(7) makes no progress, turns as a door on the hinges. Prov. 26. 14 ;

(8) makes excuses ; there is a lion in the way, Prov. 22. 13.


"Eastern Proverbs and Emblems Illustrating Old Truths"

foto – frost in raleigh front paddock

Withered trees in spring burst forth afresh ; but man cannot be twice young.

"Eastern Proverbs and Emblems Illustrating Old Truths"


He followed his own path in life,
   A humble man was he,
Yet his great poems will surely go
   Down to posterity;
He never injured anyone
   Tho, he was always poor,
He never grumbled at his lot
   Of that we’re very sure.

‘Paddy’, the Sydney Street Poet

foto – workers’ cottage front paddock june 2010