Three thousand Sunday roasts

Three thousand Sunday Roasts A new metal textureOffensive toAugustus Rodin’s eyesForced him toPrematurely ageBalzac – the sculptureIn a urine treatmentHis assistants gave.Not all metalIs so willfully altered.Greyfriars BobbyHas stood in Edinburgh since 1873The pride of dog lovers.Aged in placeTourists rubbed his bronze nose raw.As a sign of our times a surgical maskPreserves his nostrilsIntentionally.No suchContinue reading “Three thousand Sunday roasts”

The Shepherd’s Song

I cannot cross It is not water but language that divides us French is not my tongue Canteloube’s Occitan beyond me The composer stands his ground He alone can make this work. From the first bar I am lost to the world For six minutes twenty seven seconds On the soaring voice Of Frederica VonContinue reading “The Shepherd’s Song”

Who are your heroes

Who are your heroes? Do Jason and his argonauts fill the bill? Is it the man, or was it the woman who swam, or kicked a ball across the channel? The President presumes it is him. How could we forget so notable a personage? Rosalind (DNA) Franklin or Einstein E=MC2 either responsible person tallies –Continue reading “Who are your heroes”

Rain carries promise

Obediently We stay indoors Outside rain polishes McAdam – black marbleA virus Keeps us apart Yet these eternal days Will passThe night Struggles off in grey slothfulness Mourning our horror Of living in lockdownToo lazy to rise The wind slumbers on Meanwhile upstairs Rainfall drums upon the ceilingThe cow turns her back To this weatherContinue reading “Rain carries promise”

Spring produce

Above ground the springtime vegetable gardenSprouts with verdant green growthLeaves smooth, jagged, curled, and plainWear their choice costumes in bright sunlightSing in the rainDance in moonlightSway on springtime breezesTo tunes composed by weather godsCalling to businessMature foodstuffFresh – crisp – sweet smelling – table ready goodnessRewards for patientHome gardeners Try as I might my attemptsContinue reading “Spring produce”

Something neoteric.

Is rock on on the rocks? Through retracing responseNarrationPrimarilyRecitationAlone KindsLies PhilosophersLivedSomehowForOddsNaive What weQuestionNeverthelessReturnMoved FrustrationRecallingBoardersEuropeanRoamaticisedFirst Hand I have been reading seriously. To lighten my distracted mind I have attempted to create something neoteric in the manner as AI programs might. Let me explain – from Dr Nick’s thesis I chose one random word from each ofContinue reading “Something neoteric.”

Haibun Superb blue fairy wren

The superb blue fairy wren The superb blue fairy wren is a busy bird. It flits from shrub, to twig, before it lands on the ground, hops to an insect, swallows it, and darts to the arm of a chair of the outdoor setting. It grabs a crumb and zips across the courtyard. The dullContinue reading “Haibun Superb blue fairy wren”

We see life

We see life We see lifeWhere oneAnd the nextFatigued footstepTreads beyond exhaustionPrompted by loss of sleepTo smell the garbage ofA futile suburban lifeWe seeHow the nuclear familyGrasps anyGrandparent likeUnpaid labourTo aid and manageThirsty children closeTo teatime tantrumsThe abstract tableauOf monochrome paintReels in heat hazeThrown at the rinsed outCrisp lines of rotting edificesAs buildings crumbleOn theContinue reading “We see life”

Birthdays

Henry Purcell by Gerard Manley Hopkins The poet wishes well to the divine genius of Purcell and praises him that, whereas other musicians have given utterance to the moods of man’s mind, he has, beyond that, uttered in notes the very make and species of man as created both in him and in all menContinue reading “Birthdays”

Six months in

Ten meld with todays State total Of 140 Australians Part of the 600,000 + Who join the mournful dust Six months in Meanwhile 16 million ill attest health Workers give careful attention Despite the virus’ raging stealth A vaccine worker Examines slides of the culprit In the hopeful chance It leads to discovery Meanwhile YourContinue reading “Six months in”