and if my thought-dreams could be seen

they'd probably put my head in a guillotine

Natalie Not Pedantic

Natalie Not Pedantic
November 01
“If I lose the light of the sun, I will write by candlelight, moonlight, no light. If I lose paper and ink, I will write in blood on forgotten walls. I will write always. I will capture nights all over the world and bring them to you.” Henry Rollins ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


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JUNE 22, 2012 8:12AM


Face- to- face:-

Chains fragile like floaty webs

woven by tiny black spiders,

but binding like steel.

She rejects as he collects




Visions of erotic automata

leather buckled collars-

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MAY 28, 2011 8:03PM

The Reading Room


There is a library within the library at my university where I can go to read first editions of old, old books – among other treasures. You cannot browse here because the collection is hidden away. To look at them you must show identification and tell the guardian the name ofRead full post »

MAY 23, 2011 4:42AM

Plath and a Needle



Plath in hand,

needle dangling from the vein.

The dull ache in my chest

shamed into silence

by a sweet, sharp sting.







(Just thought I'd pop in and say hello with something I jotted down on the back of a business card while donating… Read full post »

APRIL 15, 2010 9:28PM

I've Missed You (well, most of you)

Life has a funny way of interrupting the little time that I have to concentrate on my writing. Some wonderful things have happened over the last couple of months and some terribly devastating things have come along right  behind them. That's life though, right? Anyway, apart from a comment here… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 24, 2010 6:29PM



FEBRUARY 21, 2010 6:40PM


(story removed, but message to Kim kept)


I'd also like to say a special thanks to Kim Gamble for his generosity in offering to lend me his spare laptop. Although I didn't need to take him up on his kind offer, I appreciate it so very much. How many people… Read full post »


Some of you know that I went to see Rob Thomas on Sunday night. It was such a fabulously amusing evening that I had to try and convey some of it here.

 I received an email a few days before the event, telling patrons that due to the amount of… Read full post »

JANUARY 31, 2010 3:11PM

An Interview with Rachael Brady


  self portrait 2010


Rachael Brady is an Australian soul roots singer who resides in the picturesque Blue Mountains, west of Sydney. Her unique voice and emotional performances have earned her a place as one of the most exciting independent artists in her genre. A gifted lyricist, Rachael's p… Read full post »

JANUARY 9, 2010 1:26AM

A Glimpse of What Remains

You know that feeling,

the one where it seems like they're reaching into your soul

to steal whatever remnants lay there


It's never ending;

there isn't enough of you to please them

the good parts are long gone

and all you're left with is the dregs-

The ghost… Read full post »


From 1909 to 1969, it was the official policy of the Australian government to forcibly remove the mixed race children of single Aboriginal women - many of whom were conceived by rape. The children were placed in orphanages and with church welfare groups, until the '50's when placement with whi… Read full post »

DECEMBER 13, 2009 5:21AM

The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of.


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playing in the sand






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DECEMBER 8, 2009 10:27PM

Oh Moko!

 A very naughty 250kg bottlenose dolphin is making waves at a New Zealand beach. Moko the dolphin became a tourist attraction on New Zealand’s North Island after he swam into a harbour and never left. This was all well and good ‘til about six months ago, when he began growing… Read full post »

DECEMBER 3, 2009 6:26PM


idiocracy news Pictures, Images and Photos



I've been noticing with interest a few posts and comments attacking content here on Open Salon and opinions on what's deemed newsworthy, particularly in regards to Tiger Woods.

While I don't particularly care myself who or what Mr Woods has sexual relations with, if people want… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 21, 2009 2:15AM

Because I Know How Much You Love Her

I never do video posts, but I like to think of this one as a gift to all my os friends. And for all the Celine Dion haters out there, just suck it up and watch the master of hard rock at work.  Celine singing AC/DC?  Who knew?!?

NOVEMBER 12, 2009 4:47PM

Broken Heart


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NOVEMBER 8, 2009 5:41PM

Ashes and Snow

 Ashes and Snow is a photographic collection by Gregory Colbert. I love them not only for their beauty, but for their portrayal of the relationship between animals and humanity. They have such a soothing quality that I thought I'd share a few of them here for those who aren't familiar with… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 1, 2009 7:24PM



  stradbrooke island


Looks idyllic doesn't it?  It's not.


great white attacked by 20 foot mega shark


Over the weekend, a 6 metre Great White shark took a bite out of a smaller, but still pretty damn big 3 metre Great White that was being towed into shore after being caught off this… Read full post »

OCTOBER 9, 2009 11:51PM



 When I broke free I stood alone in a dense, thick fog of desperation.  As I became myself, you lost your bragging rights. The parts of me that made you proud are the very things that suffocated me, and your championing of these 'virtues' only increased my determination to… Read full post »

OCTOBER 8, 2009 9:19PM

Disgusted and Ashamed

Not long ago, I wrote an email to my Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd. It was just a quick note to show my appreciation. In Australia we have an organisation that runs a 'Promise Watch', where the promises made during the election are kept on record and ticked off as they are… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 23, 2009 6:21AM

Going Home



The beach is her haven. Laying stretched out on her back, grains of sand massage her back as the heat of the sun penetrates her. She feels a pleasantly mild burning sensation on the delicate skin of her forearm as it rests lazily across her eyes, shielding themRead full post »

AUGUST 27, 2009 8:02PM

The Deadly Ped Egg - Health Alert


 *warning, use of this product can result in serious injury or death 

          ~Public Service Announcement re the Ped Egg~

I have a foot phobia. Now I know that sounds crazy, but I don't like looking at other peoples feet. I can barely tolerate… Read full post »

AUGUST 17, 2009 10:00PM


You will never know of the
physical ache that I have
to hold you in my arms
soothe your pain,
kiss the fear from your eyes,
lie next to you
make you smile
smooth the furrow from your brow.

The longing to bear some of the burden,
to share your pain if even/… Read full post »
JULY 19, 2009 7:40PM

Monday Morning Hate Mail

 It's Monday morning here in Australia. The sun is shining and it's quite warm for the middle of winter. I signed in to OS to check my messages and read some posts and lo and behold! first semi anonymous piece of hate mail. I don't mind being called a bitch, or… Read full post »


 photograph sourced from google images

Jeff (nanatehay) and I were talking in yahoo and he was describing the DC fireworks to me. We started to talk about the absurdity of millions of dollars literally going up in smoke for the sake of some visual pleasure, while people are homele… Read full post »

JUNE 8, 2009 1:45AM

Tympani Beats

Life flows within my body, spilling through the pores of my skin like lava from a volcanos mouth.

I inhale deeply, pulling the atmosphere into me on a breath, savouring and taking what I need before setting it free.

Silently I lay here. If I'm perfectly still I can feel my heart sending/
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