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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 16, 2012 3:37PM

Snowy River

The Snowy River from McKillops Road   



Oh beautiful is the high country
The Australian Alps, my home
Six thousand feet above the sea
My trickle begins to roam

Fed by alpine rain and snow
Kosciuszko’s slopes I travel
My heartbeat gathers pace
My blood, creeks infused with gravel

Snowy gums cheeRead full post »

JUNE 13, 2012 6:16PM

Oh Revenge! How sweet thou art!

He likes to start them and I like to finish them.   Iron Poet Challenges that is!

For some time now, J D Smith and I have challenged each other at poetry.  And goodness there have been some doozies!  We've challenged each other on writing in the voice of the other gender/… Read full post »

JUNE 12, 2012 7:35AM



I promised a friend I'd share this ... a little bit of a different take on a favourite.  Not the full version but, still, I hope you'll enjoy as much as I did. My favorite version has always been K D Lang's but I love this young girl's raw and gritty voice.… Read full post »


Hot-ASH red, stormy violet, peasouper green
Frightening this smoldering, bruised sky
I cannot fly on
I must get home to the nest
To my little ones --

* * * *

Tall, grey gums tremble
Eucalypt leaves quiver
Fear courses usually strong, trusted skeletons
Consuming all around me
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Kim, I told you I CAN'T draw!!!

 But because you asked nicely ... here you go friend ....

For you.

Crumpled Paper  


And don't you just love that I signed my name to it?!!!

Big smile.  : )

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MAY 27, 2012 2:19PM



Sliding from the silky, satin sheets
She skirts the moon-skimmed terrace
And scans the sparkling, star-sprinkled sky
As slender arms loosely clasp her svelte silhouette
So too her thoughts encircle her sweetheart
She smiles as she recalls their tryst...
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MAY 9, 2012 7:34PM

The Little Girl (A Repost)


Little Kate


 Always hoping, always dreaming. Alone.
Big sister to her brothers; minded dad.
The little girl so full of love; now grown.

Tomorrows came and yesterdays were gone
Some days were good; but, God, some days were bad.
Always hoping, always dreaming. Alone.

Said mother to her/… Read full post »

APRIL 28, 2012 7:37PM


Celestial, heavenly queen
beauty unrivalled
Oh vanity! ‘Tis quicksand of reason
and angry Gods speak

Purity and innocence
shackled to crystalline quartz
and blamelessness the sacrificial quarry

Retribution is costly --
though beauty shines brightly;
with vanity
comes lonely truth


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APRIL 24, 2012 11:25PM

The ANZAC Legend


25 April - ANZAC Day.  The day The ANZAC Legend was born.

ANZAC day marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by the soldiers of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.  ANZACs … a name they wore with the greatest of pride.  A name that, toRead full post »

APRIL 6, 2012 6:23PM

Twilight and Discovery


Australian Sunset 


Like the falling twilight
love of life fades
and darkness becomes my companion

All within me near withers

Yet the circle of life –
of living
brings the promise of a new day

A reawakening to light
where happiness
and love
can be found once more

Such isRead full post »

Hey there, Trudge ... I did it!

 A bit of a mix but perhaps there's some common threads here too.



Christmas all wrapped up!


Binocular boy 

Binocular boy!



Christmas joy - the joy of giving!



A gorgeous girl


%IMAG… Read full post »

MARCH 21, 2012 10:19PM

Gee, I've missed you!

Gosh!  I don’t know if you’ve missed me at all but I sure have missed you!!!    I feel like I’ve been gone for so, so long!  But really, it’s only been something like 11 days  since I was last here! (Who's counting anyway? Oh, yes, that would be m/Read full post »

MARCH 10, 2012 7:05PM


A picture
painted with all the colours of imagination
hangs in the gallery of my mind

A beautiful image
and I can't help but gaze upon it with longing 

I suspect it will hang there forever more

A sound
playing over and over again
in my ear
A voice --
your voice
unique and soothing
almos… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 14, 2012 6:04AM

Beautiful You

In my heart are you –
always you
never far
always close.
You are here
in my heart
just you --
beautiful you.

On my mind are you –
always you
You are here
 on my mind
just you --
beautiful you.

In my day are you –
always you
in my morning,
in my noon
i/… Read full post »

Here you go, Rita and Julie ... me in the 1980's!


  In Sydney 1980s

Sydney - 1980's style!



Yep, it's me! 



1980's it is! 



My 21st - 1980 to be exact! 


At a dinner for my 21st - 1980 to be exact!




Moving Pictures - "Wha
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JANUARY 26, 2012 5:59AM

My Country - Australia Day 2012

Today is Australia Day ... a national holiday and a day when we Aussies remember and celebrate our history and all that we have achieved.  It's also a day to down a tinny or three; go for a swim (well, that is when it's not practically flooding from all the rain like it has… Read full post »

JANUARY 18, 2012 8:01PM

2 years!

It is my “Blogiversary” today
Two years! Can you believe it? Goodness me!
I’m not the kind to throw a huge par-tay
I’d much prefer to do something low key

Today I'll mark with simple verse; a rhyme
And smile for all the blessings I have found
In this abode where I sp
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JANUARY 16, 2012 7:26AM

rhythm lost

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 »

JANUARY 1, 2012 7:41PM

'Tis the eyes of the lobster


 ‘Tis the eyes of the Lobster: all beady and black
Little black pearls; but luster they lack
They stare and stare with nary a blink.
And heavens to Betsy if you know what they think!
With pinchers and crushers and blood of blue
I’m not so sure I’d want one in my stew!
The new… Read full post »

DECEMBER 31, 2011 11:48PM






DECEMBER 23, 2011 7:36AM


Where has the year gone?  I can’t keep up!

Well, Christmas Eve is about to break Down Under.  It’s been a very busy day filled with shopping, wrapping, cooking and visiting and I am almost past tired.  But before I lay my head down on the pillow that is loudly calling/Read full post »

DECEMBER 19, 2011 7:31AM

Christmas is Looming


It wasn’t until a few days ago that I really gave Christmas a thought.  Before that whenever anyone talked of their plans for Christmas; the presents they had bought for loved ones; or the feast they were planning for Christmas lunch;  I pretty much wanted to run away.  BuRead full post »

DECEMBER 16, 2011 7:10AM


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cool winds embrace
the solitary soul
wading through a rippled ocean





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DECEMBER 13, 2011 12:09AM

David - The Angel I Remember

Surrounded by four siblings but, peculiarly, he seemed alone.

He was quiet and unpretentious.   He didn’t want for things or chattels for himself.  Instead, he was giving and kind to others.  A gentler soul you would be very pressed to find. 

He immersed himself in wr

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Wandering Lonely ~ by Kate Little 

On golden fields
your painting so vivid
far and wide
burgeoning with hope and cheer

and mine eyes behold

Your orchestra
a beautiful golden-yellow symphony
trumpets trumpeting
sometimes a little boastful
perhaps even narcissi/

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