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Little Kate

Little Kate
Lismore, New South Wales, Australia
September 13
When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile. ~ Author Unknown


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JUNE 25, 2014 8:40AM


How is it possible to be so empty? So hollow?

The ache inside of me begs … just begs … to be fulfilled.

The ache all over me begs to be held.

Nothing more. 

But perhaps that is too much?

Please.  Just hold me.


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JUNE 22, 2014 12:22PM

Poetic Justice


Chilled fingers of memories tease the air

spattering cold, dark, lonely nights

with the ground mush

of whispered words

and heart-imagined dreams



Words once caressed by love and longing

heart-picked rhyme

wrapped in all I thought you were

and believed us to be

dangle now inRead full post »


Lost in the depths of my own inner space
Neptune resides but I can’t find my place
Of touch I’m starved … drowning … fighting to breathe
Turbulent this now; in darkness I seethe

Shackles of hurt bind me body and soul
Eroding me - like an empty dust bowl
Her daughter &helli
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Thank you for coming on this path with me!  Thank you for holding my hand and helping me find the way forward.  There is strength in numbers, right?  Though we are each strong women in so many ways (and we know that,… Read full post »

JULY 30, 2013 11:09AM

Hold Me ... Please Hold Me

I long to be held
to nuzzle against your chest
and be allowed to cry...just cry
until there is no more crying left within me

I long for your arms
to surround me
to draw me close and hold me tight ...
and stroke my hair until I can cry no more

I long to… Read full post »

Like Art James, our favourite little boy, Pencil Boy, aka J D Smith, is missing in action too.  He is trying to find his way back and has sent an email to Melissa Noble but, unfortunately, he's still lost.


Please Melissa? Jacob? Anyone? ... please reinstate JRead full post »

JUNE 8, 2013 12:35PM





On ever-changing tides
they floated for nigh a lifetime
growing worn
and frayed around the edges

They were tangible once
and precious
even solemn

somewhere along the way
they were neglected
and abandoned

On the darkest of stormy seas they bobble now –
weather-beateRead full post »

MAY 27, 2013 9:03AM

rhythm lost ... again

lonely hours pass into days
and I know not where I should turn
in the dead of a summer haze
my sorry heart doth mutely yearn

with comfort and caress long gone
and hope but a fanciful dream
should all reveries be withdrawn
and solitude held in esteem

where is reason and where is rhyme
they move not forw/… Read full post »

MAY 5, 2013 6:19AM

An Unusual Palette

Some weeks ago I posted Iron Poet Challenge No 16, Colours of My Life, and then life kind of got in my way and I've been here only just a little since. I hope all concerned will forgive me my tardiness in not coming back till now to post the collection of responses to the/… Read full post »



Atrous and silent is the door of night
It locks within and safely blinds the light
Love amaranthine dwells not in this place
Devoid the touch of a mother’s embrace
Haematic secrets: small; and hard; and bent
Deception rules; cinereous parent
Stramineous the child is made to feel
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When I was a little girl, an Aussie group, The Seekers, sang a song called, "Colours of My Life".  The lyrics went like this: 

I can't seem to get my sleep now any old night,
Mr Sandman passes by my door;
Life has changed since you've been there to say it's alright,
You… Read full post »
DECEMBER 31, 2012 11:59PM


May the coming year be filled with health and happiness and may OS prosper once again!
 I miss OS.  I miss Iron Poet Challenges. And I miss you!
Much love...

...so I'm out the door too!


Open Salon is a community that uses the OS website to stay in touch with a core group of people who enjoy writing and discussing all kinds of topics. We, the writers, are the community; Open Salon is only a platform.

We believe theRead full post »

OCTOBER 15, 2012 8:49PM





The sheer beauty of our world at times
leaves me gasping for breath as rhymes
swirl and twirl and dance in my mind;
wanting to share, searching to find

words. Words that describe the purest joy
for life; for love between girl and boy;
of hearts and minds and souls shared by two… Read full post »

OCTOBER 6, 2012 12:23AM




Falling leaf 



The leaves


twist gold and red


and drift like butterflies.


To earth they fall. On cooled, bared ground;


a shawl.







© Kate Little  Read full post »

J D Smith, you asked us to have fun and, well, I've certainly gone with the "fun" angle!  This has to be my silliest piece of writing but it's absolutely written in fun.  So here's my very late (I hope you weren't holding your breath!) response to Iron Poet Challenge No. 15 -/… Read full post »

A Simple Shutterbug asked us to show her our Summer.  Well, it's Winter in Australia but I kind of figure my friend, A, won't mind.  

The weather has been glorious lately and last weekend I took a quiet and peaceful drive in the country.

A time and place to be alone,… Read full post »

AUGUST 10, 2012 7:05AM

on my own




with a heavy heart and heavy steps

i climb the stairs


and enter the void.


Emptiness - my silent, inhospitable host.



She has prepared nothing --


offers nothing.


nothing but Her smothering, palpable, deafening presence.


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AUGUST 4, 2012 8:33AM

Family Anthology



Thank you to all who participated and to all who read this lovely collection!




J D Smith - Fleeting Love of a Son

Asia Rein - By Your Side 

 M.C.S. - Blessing

nilesite - My

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AUGUST 1, 2012 9:14PM

In Her Arms




In her arms gently he rests;

Swathed, secure and oh so snug.

Tucked against his mother’s breast;

A tiny, precious cherub.

Eyes firmly closed, elfin nose;

His mouth, rose-red and puckered;

Little fingers, little toes;

His head with black is covered.

Proudly she embraceRead full post »


For those that might not be familiar with what the Iron Poet Challenge is all about, here is a bit of a recap.

J D Smith and I have, for the last couple of years challenged one another at poetry. We’ve proffered challenges ranging fromRead full post »


gum tree





The road to sky


Sydney Harbour 






Sunset over town 












double rainbow 



Waikiki sunset 



ocean sunset 

&nbs… Read full post »

JULY 6, 2012 5:39PM


Across water-hungry and stone-burdened paddocks we ran
Stopping only to crouch and gingerly edge our way through barbed wire fences
Yet so often we were outwitted by those evil bastions of invisible fortresses
They would snare our pants and tear our shirts
And cruelly snatch tufts of snow-white and russ… Read full post »

As seems to have been the case each Sunday morning for many weeks now, the sun shone brightly through my bedroom windows … beckoning me to get up, to stop whiling away my time, and to enjoy the day ... to make the most of it!

In previous weeks, I’ve refusedRead full post »

JUNE 19, 2012 7:12AM

The River Anthology

 Murray River

The Murray River, Australia (Image courtesy of Google Images)






A deep and heartfelt thank you to all those who participated. 


J D Smith: Under the Coolibah Tree 

Olga Stathi: … Read full post »