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OCTOBER 28, 2010 1:16PM

Lost in time, facing north

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... reading Robinson Crusoe as a child, abridged, a picture book.

It was voyage, shipwreck, survival, rescue. Classic themes. A boy in a bed, struggling onto sand, finding his way through jungles, up to the highest peak, looking through a spyglass, accepting his fate. This was an islan… Read full post »

OCTOBER 22, 2010 10:49PM



I lived alone in a house deep in the woods, a long way from anywhere, anyone. I knew to be careful about things - snakes, pigs, spiders - and was never nervous. It was peaceful, quiet. It was my home.

Sitting one day on the verandah there came a sound… Read full post »

Here the trains call out and owls prowl 

where children lay ;

a mixed bag this, at 5am,

not to face the morning,


or stare the nightmare down,  

make a bed 

as if tomorrow is another place,

as if the only place to go is sleep ;


thumb-akimbo… Read full post »

OCTOBER 20, 2010 2:17AM

O my gourd !

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Finally my gourd arrives.

Dianaani paid top dollar to get it out of  America ; I paid similar to have it gamma-rayed into Australia, but now we are together, thank gourd.

I have Anne Cutri, dianaani, Nikki Stern, a hand-typed Rumi from Rita, and I eagerly await the signed… Read full post »

OCTOBER 17, 2010 5:07AM

OMG do not get involved

So Steve next door when he wasn't here let the apartment to a Belgian chef who worked downstairs.

So the Belgian chef skipped a month's rent, and now he's yelling between Mel my neighbour on the right and Steve on the left.

His name is Louis. I get that. I have… Read full post »

OCTOBER 14, 2010 12:49AM

Passing the Waterbottle


 I don't know how many of you saw it, but in the men's marathon just finished, at about 2 hours in there was a knot of five, with the Kenyan ( who eventually won ) just ahead.

As they passed a water stand the Tanzanian on the inside grabbed a… Read full post »

OCTOBER 2, 2010 8:21PM

I'm from ( Trudge Open Call )


I am from

the lady in the garden

from and every meal she cooked  

on a wood-fired stove in a one bedroom cottage 

and I'm from the smell of charcoal in the brazier 

from the sweet scent of freesias through the window when the nights grew warmer

I'm from… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 25, 2010 11:59AM

A shack in the dunes


 I stumbled upon - south Australia, remote.

It was empty, I was looking through the drawers.

They were empty too, but lined with newspaper.

August 8, 1952. Less than a month after I was born.

Ron came by on a quad. Check shirt, shorts, beard, blond grey hair in a… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 22, 2010 8:31PM

twelve I remember

I loved high-jump

and Louise Kerrigan at the same time,

when I was twelve.

There were twelve pennies to a shilling.

2 could buy a cigarette, 1 a box of matches,

6 an ice-block each, 3 another day.

Inches in a foot - not mine.

Apostles, I hardly remember their… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 20, 2010 5:59PM


Sorry no Read full post ... click on title for an unblurred version jeez I'm getting good at this ... 

 ... dang ( nov. 2011 ~ ) just lost the first pic trying to enlarge it ...

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SEPTEMBER 19, 2010 4:10AM

Lurid Dressing

Peel quarter and steam 3 beets till soft.


1/4 cup tahini.

2 spoons yoghurt or 3 silk tofu. 

Salt, pepper, cinnamon, etc. Little bit of paprika.

Blend to smooth.

Lurid on anything green or yellow, or potatoes, but especially yellow squash.

What ?

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SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 12:31AM

Memory of an Empire

It's recorded that he died in 324 BC, 
on bivouac somewhere near Babylon.
We all know Babylon :
the cradle now the grave. 
No-one understands us anymore ...
He was thirty two ;
taught by Aristotle ;
owned the Known World.
Graves suggested he didn't die then.… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 13, 2010 3:04AM

How Long is a piece of String Theory ? *

 Inspired by Myriad I posted this at the time you see there, 3.04 your time. It appeared for less than twenty seconds in the activity feed, not at all in new posts, and has yet to appear in recent posts pages one two three whatever.

It isn't something I intended to… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 8, 2010 3:48PM

Reading to the moon

When he reached La Paz
he wrote to say though closer,
he had never felt further away. 
It was as if he'd lost track, somehow.
Ended up here unexpectedly.
Took of his jacket, loosened his tie, lay on the bed the while
ignoring the cold glassy gaze of the… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 4, 2010 1:58AM

Sixteen reasons to live

1. There are more of you than there is of me.

2. ... much to learn.

3. The arrogance of Time. I'm non-violent, but I want to punch its lights out. How dare it dictate this existence ?

4.  I have daughters.

5. Friends, a mother, siblings.

6. A book unfinished,… Read full post »

AUGUST 28, 2010 2:49AM

Hendo again

Because he spoke funny, because of the mustard gas, and because he lived alone, and maybe because he was a gardener, Hendo wasn't the same.

We kids loved him, because of the garden, and because he spoke funny, and there was licorice, and a swing, and because he wasn't the same.… Read full post »

AUGUST 23, 2010 1:25PM

Better Than a Camera

I just came in from Divorce Bard's Rain, August 22, and shaking off the drops.

Happily, like a dog.

Happy to meet a writer using OS this diligent way,

each day a sonnet or whatever he calls it :

a thought or observation, a reflection in a puddle

duck a hymn… Read full post »

AUGUST 19, 2010 10:55PM

... a light, a certain kind of light


 Hi. One of those posts you begin to write with only a vague idea what you're going to say. Feel free to bail now. Bale, if you like - I prefer bail. Bail's what I do when my boat's full of water.

Bail gets you out of jail too.… Read full post »

AUGUST 16, 2010 11:51PM

She would have been thirty

 Today was an anniversary of sorts : a dingo took 67 day-old Azaria Chamberlain from the tent.

Her mother Lindy was accused, prosecuted and sentenced for the murder of her daughter.

The "evidence" was outrageous, but away she went.

When you are wrongly accused, condemned, and sent away, it takes… Read full post »

AUGUST 7, 2010 2:14AM

I was born blind


Lyrics to Gurrumul History (I Was Born Blind) :
I was born blind, and I don't know why
God knows why, because he love me so
as I grew up, my spirit knew
then I learnt to read the world of destruction
united we stand, divided we fall
together we'll stand, in solidarity

ÅŠarranydja dh

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JULY 21, 2010 9:53PM

This is all I've got

Do we get to redeem it, later ?

It's coming down to a conversation

between me and a man with a smokey  moustache

across a greasy counter,

greasy glass. Greasy floor.

It's not where years ago I figured I'd be,

bartering my security, haggling

for some bucks or a few more years.… Read full post »

JULY 15, 2010 9:04PM

flotsam and jetsam


jetsam, shells

turning on the sand to every wave 

uh uh,
washed up on shores
all over, and over

One time one met another

and it seemed to work out well

for a while, but then ....

Another time they shared a bed
and some love,
did that work out ok ?

Their love became hai… Read full post »

JULY 11, 2010 3:04AM




All I can concentrate on right now is the person in the boat.



kg pic 


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JULY 6, 2010 3:22AM

sanctuary open call

(  I wanted to lead with a picture of an old house.Didn't happen - working on it. ) warning :  Troll behaviour ( On a post called Sanctuary ... ? )


The mother of our girls and I built this old house

with our four hands. Mudbrick walls and stripped-back second-hand… Read full post »

JUNE 23, 2010 11:55AM

common ground


The one on the right wrote this, for a book her sister was doing last year. Her name is Greer. She's my youngest. She's 19.

I wanted to write something funny, after all that other business, and because GG said I should, but sometimes, I hope, it's ok just to… Read full post »