Wafting on mild breeze

Wafting on mild breeze
caramelised sugar smell
interrupts my thoughts

"Me too," I might say

"Me too," I might say
can't shake those beasts from my bones
knowing not knowing

Bristling branches hang

Bristling branches hang
normally a plain green shrub
red bottlebrush blooms

Stripped back by hot winds

Stripped back by hot winds
leave only the important
in Allah's garden

Poetry can cure

Poetry can cure
pervasive skepticism
know that language works

Prose for reflection

Prose for reflection
for self-fortification
to accept unrest

Purple irises

Purple irises
petals open in the sun
swaying in the breeze

Fear of missing out

Fear of missing out
world awash with images
it's all illusion

Anticipation

Anticipation
darkening clouds and warm winds
waiting for spring rain

Tractors plowing dirt

Tractors plowing dirt
wind carrying clouds of dust
ahead of rain clouds

A chime on the wind

A chime on the wind
my neighbour’s shade sail chain swings
to collide with pole

Cool breeze over tiles

Cool breeze over tiles
as the morning sky lightens
keeps my home pleasant

Writing workshop

“Quick! It’s your girlfriend.
She can’t see us on the couch.
Here take the cushion.”

One passionate kiss
was all it took for Nigel
to loosen his bowels

One middy later
nearly under the table
they were asked to leave

Radio at six

Radio at six
stirs a brighter room each morn
and deeper sleeper

Deep boom breaks silence

Deep boom breaks silence
kids cooing while dogs whimper
fireworks at showgrounds

One ear to the door

One ear to the door
both eyes on the laptop screen
awaiting a knock

A blue heron squawks

A blue heron squawks
like a strangled rubber toy
in the early hours

Bare limbs have been dressed

Bare limbs have been dressed
wearing this season's colours
as spring brings leaves back

Four frogs this morning

Four frogs this morning
croaking from storm water drains
as I walked the block

In quiet moments

In quiet moments
when a ringing fills my ears
I can sense a voice

Sunlight beams through bricks



Sunlight beams through bricks
slipping through the zigzag cracks
light a crooked path

Trickle on the road

Trickle on the road
reflecting light like water
brown snake soaking sun

This time of the year

This time of the year
daylight savings impact seems
disproportionate

When the rain begins

When the rain begins
I move the car for a wash
then return to bed

Magpie swoops my son

Magpie swoops my son
after stepping on prickles
his tears start welling

Talked into corner

Talked into corner
passion to speak frog-leaps thought
"F this and F that!"

300th Junto



300th Junto
three chords on three instruments
one hundred seconds

Nestled under gums

Nestled under gums
a delightful new theme camp
Glam n Cheese Toasties

“Bag of dicks” she says

“Bag of dicks” she says
then replies to my decline
“That was a statement.”

Red-breasted robin

Red-breasted robin
visits my Matong camp site
early afternoon

Flame embers float high

Flame embers float high
spun into night on smoke clouds
to dance among stars

Ghostly melody

Ghostly melody
follows me into my day
fragment of a dream

Calling for a mate

Calling for a mate
from a drain facing the park
the frog croaks loudly

Identical old blokes

Identical old blokes
tending to suburban lawns
white beards and track pants

Dried wattle blossom

Dried wattle blossom
sprinkled on my drying clothes
yellow polka dots

Woken too early

Woken too early
foggy brain won’t accept sleep
day becomes a dream

To suffer for art?

To suffer for art?
Spiny burr v spineless bum.
Ends with wimped out bum.

Paddocks dressed yellow

Paddocks dressed yellow
populated by gum trees
Riverina spring

Buried in pine trunk

Buried in pine trunk
shy echidna hides their snout
needles pointing out

This sponge in the sun

This sponge in the sun
moss growing on arid soil
cryptogamic crust

Flying toward sun

Flying toward sun
glossy feathers reflect light
turning black to white

Dreamed I found a boy

Dreamed I found a boy
after the end of the world
we hid together

Awoke feeling scared

Awoke feeling scared
Dream of ghosts that make us sad
in haunted houses

Some salt will go far

Some salt will go far
making a thick pizza dough
a solid result

The garden hisses

The garden hisses
cool air seeps from the shadows
the sprinkler's left on

Australian flags

Australian flags
flutter in the dusty breeze
above Narrandera

In a haze of pink

In a haze of pink
spun sugar wisps in her hair
making fairy floss

Hardenbergia

Hardenbergia
climbing up the gums and shrubs
crowning them purple

A Superb Parrot

A Superb Parrot
considered vulnerable
Threatened Species Day

Skeletal remains



Skeletal remains
witness to another age
Koonadan sandhill

Wind shifts to the south

Wind shifts to the south
as cloud smother increases
this week will be cold

Taking night photos

Taking night photos
confronted by a neighbour
carrying a stick

Gift for Fathers Day

Gift for Fathers Day
made at school by cheeky son
says "Your atrocious"

Weird symbolism

Weird symbolism
I dream I'm in an airport
attacked by spiders

Inner voice I hear

Inner voice I hear
the conscious of my conscience
my intuition

Melancholy call

Melancholy call
against rising traffic noise
Butcher Bird returns

The hum of Leeton

The hum of Leeton
heard 24 hours a day
from the Rice Co-op

Beneath a cold cloak

Beneath a cold cloak
preparations underway
blossoms now appear

Binge watching TV

Binge watching TV
left wanting to play Scrabble
after Handmaid’s Tale

As light breaks through clouds

as light breaks through clouds
announced by the crowing birds
season is changing

Walking Seville Street

Walking Seville Street
a metaphor dawned on me
lit by the street light

branches reaching up
like flames from the star called sun
a small golden orb

My heightened senses

My heightened senses
race to place surrounding sounds
music of the night

None will breathe easy

None will breathe easy
chimney smoke chokes the cool air
under a clear sky

View from the gutter

View from the gutter
from the suburb to the stars
free from obstruction

Wattles are blooming

Wattles are blooming
first our Silver then Varnish
yard hums with bees

The fireplace burns bright

The fireplace burns bright
as dawn lightens the morning
warmth spreads throughout me

Deflated feeling

Deflated feeling
after working through the day
for criticism

Childhood memory

Childhood memory
opening paperback books
meaning-filled pages

I see this photo

I see this photo
I hear a crowd united
in awe saying "Ooooooh"

Their timeless music

Timeless rock music
inspires musicians today
Black Sabbath matters

During class visit

During class visit
kids inspecting a bird skull
morbidly transfixed

He's conservative

He's conservative
defending existing rights
Attorney General

Pic: Mic MainStream

My resolution

My resolution
to not buy new instruments
so bought secondhand

New microwave beeps

New microwave beeps
like trucks reversing warning
old one chimed a bell

Government letter

Government letter
asks I admit I am poor
to receive their cash

Depressing feeling

Depressing feeling
this is as good as it gets
after two coffees

Understanding work

Understanding work
honour in activity
earnings respected

Things get weird left out

Things get weird left out
things like words in sentences
and bread on counters

Corrugated fence

Corrugated fence
reflects back passing footsteps
adds phasing effects

A gamma ray burst

A gamma ray burst
could arrive at our planet
and wipe us all out

Droplets multiply

Droplets multiply
windscreen looks like bubble wrap
as showers begin

Procrastination

Procrastination
a word used for a process
I call reflection

Bright birds in the sky

Bright birds in the sky
huddled together safely
the Seven Sisters

In darkness there's light

In darkness there's light
revealing details unseen
capturing the night

Winter skeleton

Winter skeleton
dressed in pale dreams of water
against a night sky

Walking slowly past

Walking slowly past
shimmering lights in the sky
TV antenna

Each generation

Each generation
thinks they will see the end times
perhaps this one will

The streets sound brighter

The streets sound brighter
my footsteps practically crunch
after the rain last night

While remaining still

While remaining still
in the movements of bodies
a pulse is revealed

Nothing prepared me

Nothing prepared me
for the dissatisfaction
which grows as I age

At Cocoparra

At Cocoparra
the rocky canyon echoed
goats and I both ran

Saw a streak of light

Saw a streak of light
drop from the sky this morning
and I made a wish

In the early hours

In the early hours
Facebook knows when I can't sleep
yet offers nothing

I'm sure it's my name

I'm sure it's my name
muffled by kitchen cupboards
as chocolate calls

Crescent moon and star

Crescent moon and star
hang in the sky like a flag
as dawn approaches

Square cut of cotton

Square cut of cotton
smears mucous over my face
hankies are a joke

Without the heroes

Without the heroes
all the funds for sport and art
would benefit more

Soaking the carpets

Soaking the carpets
a tap that I can't turn off
anxiety seeps

After morning light

After morning light
walking stridently through town
women on their own

Like water lapping

Like water lapping
the soundtrack to the wetlands
wind through cumbungi

Realisation

Realisation
there's no seat to join the meal
a surge of anger

Some days are routine

Some days are routine
other days are magical
my outlook differs

These sacred spaces

These sacred spaces
Europeans stumble on
charged with the unknown

Ugly noisy bird

Ugly noisy bird
a photographer's challenge
helped by morning light

It shouldn't be hard



It shouldn't be hard
just seventeen syllables
on Narrandera

Familiar sounds

Familiar sounds
Bees and the breeze through the trees
Welcome to country

Christmas in July

Christmas in July
frosty limbs of White Cypress
glowing by headlight

Steaming For Sale sign

Steaming For Sale sign
among the frosty gum trees
as the sun rises

Thick fog north of Parkes

Thick fog north of Parkes
the landscape turns silhouette
as dawn streaks and glows

Headlights behind crests

Headlights behind crests
like people's thoughts I can sense
passing in their eyes

Washing my worries

Washing my worries
the sound of rain soothes my brain
like hearing a friend

On quiet mornings

On quiet mornings
the sun does not seem as bright
thoughts linger in shade

Under festive lights

Under festive lights
it dips and rises again
like roller coasters

Deep resonant strum

Deep resonant strum 
tones from the largest guitar
strings like fencing wire

Casuarina row

Casuarina row
attracting water droplets
from the morning fog

Highway meeting place

Highway meeting place
where river was crossed by punt
a bridge now links roads

Enjoy that it is

Enjoy that it is
and forget what it is and
why it is sometimes

Visitors observed

Visitors observed
"No priest and no need for one"
in the early days

Across centuries

Across centuries
fire's been used to manage land
scorch earth for new growth

A road runs through it

A road runs through it
this metaphor for something
opaque mystery

Phone rings in the night

Phone rings in the night
disturbing the birds and I
we keep funny hours

In the morning fog

In the morning fog
magpie listens as I sing
yet remains silent

A sepia wash

A sepia wash
as dawn is smothered by fog
and gums retain night

Left out overnight

Left out overnight
the web seems too obvious
hanging off barbed wire

At the park today

At the park today
the foggy air made the trees
look touched by Monet

Ant carrying leaf

Ant carrying leaf
encounters fast-flowing drain.
Leaf carrying ant

Their distinctive cries

Their distinctive cries
as winter brings cockatoos
in from the river

Thing about fever

Thing about fever
not thinking the house is cold
then stepping outside

Paracetamol

Paracetamol
pales next to Lavender oil
and Epsom salt bath

Comma yeah comma

Comma yeah comma
a wistful sigh mid-sentence
like, yeah, this is good

Awoke to strange smell

Awoke to strange smell
sniffed all around the house then
realised it’s me

I'm slipping behind

I'm slipping behind
my journal does not judge me
It's projected guilt

Unpalatable

Unpalatable
while sick I learn foods that stay
and those that escape

Lying in the light

Lying in the light
prismatic colours edge breath
rainbows from within

Computer music



Computer music
sounds like a washing machine
on the spin cycle

The beautiful sky

The beautiful sky
in contrast to grassy hills
a blue and green scene

Voices auto-tuned

Voices auto-tuned
pop platitudes fill the night
18th birthday sounds

Your cold leftovers

Your cold leftovers
can't be eaten without you
a share I can't share

Write a quick haiku

Write a quick haiku
of a Narrandera scene
or share a photo?

Little icicle

Little icicle
by my feet in the morning
as light warms us both

Slow wide river bend

Slow wide river bend
big waters lazily flow
River Red Gum sleeves

Two black holes collide

Two black holes collide
three billion light years away
49 suns mass

Lying in the bath

Lying in the bath
hearing my name said in anger
sinking in the warmth

Ask "Wanna cuppa?"

Ask "Wanna cuppa?"
The reply will be "Always!"
Co-dependence brews.

As Winter strips trees

As Winter strips trees
warm tones pool under their limbs
inverse of Summer

It's a misnomer.

It's a misnomer.
They're often seen preyed upon,
so-called birds of prey.