From Kooroora

Desolate night dreams sleeping, Run past Kooroora, Angry words tore apart The bridal veil of Kooroora. Thunder lightning strikes the sky On the ground lays sleeping Kooroora Flashes driven from her eyes Tear stained eyes of Kooroora Restless child stilled by time Naked heart folded away Like a stranger hidden The last resting place of…

Innocent paradise

Innocent paradise, Unmentioned women, Shadowy presences From within the truth Lie hidden shadows, A version more acceptable Than domestic violence, Confusing desire with love.

Lies

In a dream – Terrified princess screams, Alone; further north Sea waves, A palm leaf In his hands, ‘If you love me,’ He said, swishing The palm leaf; Long eyelashes, Gentle mouth, Girlish tongue, His desire for power; ‘Don’t you know It is wicked to tell lies?’

Morning

Cicadas disturb the morning peace By the blue blue lake; A rowing boat drifts Lazily in the distance, Up close, they are working hard, Laboured breath, no words, Just the oarlocks creaking, Paddles splash amongst ripples; Women jog past, cyclists, Pounding footsteps echo thoughts, Shaping their bodies with movement, No time to stop and chat,…

A weekend at the farm

I caught the school bus home with Ellen on Friday after school. It was very noisy on the bus with all of the children talking and squealing loudly all the way. Every few minutes the bus would stop along the road and a couple of children would climb off, before the doors shut and we…

Patience

1 Shivering with cold on my morning walk in a Canberra fog. 2 It is less than a week until my birthday; another diary page; the magic of words, that voice in my head, soundtrack to my footsteps. 3 Yesterday it was dark, eyes staring at nothing but the morning silence; tomorrow will be better,…