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
and 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.

Two women at lunch

Two women at lunch
auditor and lawyer joke
about being feared

Cats might have nine lives

Cats might have nine lives
but the Australian bush
shows incarnations

Spiral line dances

Spiral line dances
in tight dizzying circles
on a concrete block

I've seen the greatest

"I've seen the greatest
webs of my generation
destroyed by a broom."

Wet light slips from view

Wet light slips from view
bands of red and indigo
the rainbow's edges

A honk-like car horn

A honk-like car horn
interrupts Sunday morning
then softer echo

Famous singer dies



Famous singer dies
and I’m quietly judging
based on songs friends share

"This is fun," she says

"This is fun," she says
while hammering the typewriter
and hearing words made

Figure drawn reversed

Figure drawn reversed
so the sketch of my youngest
became one of me

Moths in the foreground

Moths in the foreground
silhouetted against sky
birds in the background

Noisy gallahs fly

Noisy gallahs fly
in cluttered figure eight shapes
against a dark sky

Smokey like bacon

Smokey like bacon
with streaks of white, pink and red
fiery sunset

Drooping sheoak trees

Drooping sheoak trees
glossy black cockatoos’ food
and spooky sounding

Got back from a trip

Got back from a trip
took nothing, returned with less
I left my heart there

Awaiting the sound

Awaiting the sound
when a car stops at our door
and you reappear

Internet banking

Internet banking
details of towns and amounts
following your drive

The milk might be off

The milk might be off
but it's still a white liquid
that lightens coffee

Chirping in blossoms

Chirping in blossoms
hanging upside down on branch
a superb parrot

Tonight at the sink

Tonight at the sink
scraping scraps of the past week
clearing space for more

Of bats you will hear

Of bats you will hear
announcing their arrival
ultrasonic tones

The lone unicorn

The lone unicorn
in a room full of dickheads
is how I’m described

With indecision

With indecision
I close my eyes and listen
to how my heart sways

Basking on tin roof

Basking on tin roof
the reflection in windows
currawong admires

Clouded horizon

Clouded horizon
low sky over a low range
sunlit from behind

Now and then knife blades

Now and then knife blades
show the toll in honed edges
cutting through the years

Enzo's commission

Enzo's commission
a motorised meat mincer
for fast salamis

In the month of May

In the month of May
the airconditioner blows
air in from outside

Take time to marvel

Take time to marvel
at incidental beauty
then share it with love

Footprints in wet sand

Footprints in wet sand
glistening sea morning light
alone on a beach

Dead fox on the road

Dead fox on the road
Still smiles melting in decay
A smile I return

A sea of humans

A sea of humans
washes over our planet
drained of humane thoughts

A sound of rushing

A sound of rushing
as blood speeds around my ears
when drinking coffee

One more subtlety

One more subtlety
first light is rarely noticed
when birds are not heard

Falcon rides the breeze

Falcon rides the breeze
in-between the waving trees
as birds raise alarm

The quarter eye-roll

The quarter eye-roll
when introducing yourself
for a second time

You will know my dust

You will know my dust
and I will ponder your bones
and wander alone

Close your eyes and hear

Close your eyes and hear
a symphony in-between
your desires and needs

The sparse trees still wait

The sparse trees still wait
with branches guiding me home
in whispers I know

A balloon floats by

A balloon floats by
red, white and blue checkerboard
on hot air and breeze

Around six o'clock

Around six o'clock
the town stirs from its slumber
and trucks will rumble

Introduce yourself

Introduce yourself
a second time and get that
quarter-eye roll look

The curtains stay closed

The curtains stay closed
and the outside world stays out
while I remain in

Autumn's in the air

Autumn's in the air
it smells like burning stubble
and stuff from spring time

People who study

People who study
history know all the best
stories I believe

Peewee Herman's right



Peewee Herman's right
everyone has a big but
as exceptions rule

Something stirs the birds

Something stirs the birds
in the park near my house and
the birds then stir me

As I rant and fume

As I rant and fume
my kids stay cool and agree
and it calms me down

The story is fowl

The story is fowl
when things go "HONK!" in the night.
Must be poltergeese.

As the weeds take root

As the weeds take root
I despair at prickly pear
and box thorn crowned ground

When the lights blink on

When the lights blink on
the pale shape scurries away
as a gecko hides

The motorbike roars

The motorbike roars
perfectly loud on weekends
over my guitar

While a Scotch Finger

While a Scotch Finger
biscuit will remain firm for
five dips into tea

An Anzac biscuit

An Anzac biscuit
starts to wobble after more
than two dips in tea

Thinking of stickers

Thinking of stickers
I saw a classic today:
Love it or leave it

Bumper sticker says



Bumper sticker says
"My husband knew Leo
-nardo da Vinci"

This morning stood back

This morning stood back
and waited for me to rise
before breaking dawn

Obligation weighs

Obligation weighs
so I take steps to move it
by taking small steps

Teleportation

Teleportation
can only happen with your
eyes closed and mind free

Funny football ad

Funny football ad
makes light of veiled aggression
but can’t hide thug game

There are many hats

There are many hats
but one looks silly if one
wears more than one

Everyone needs

Everyone needs
a second pair of eyes to
proof read their writing

Recently hatched moths

Recently hatched moths
are dived on as dinner for
dusky woodswallows

The landscape changes

The landscape changes
beige stubble becomes yellow
when the clouds turn blue

Trigger warning fail.

Trigger warning fail.
Thought you could handle that thought.
Sorry not sorry.

The smell of butter

The smell of butter
frying with pancake batter
pleases my children

You know what I mean?

You know what I mean?
Better the arsehole you know
than one you don’t know

There once was a man

There once was a man
who stacked his bike so badly
his beard hairs straightened

Twitter’s like a church

Twitter’s like a church
where robots dressed as humans
yell “Amen” from crowds

One favourite thing

One favourite thing
soft cheese on special to have
with hot potatoes

Looming overhead

Looming overhead
inquiring eyes seeking food
The lonely emu

Nothing is boring.

Nothing is boring.
People who aren’t boring find
without's from within

Early morning start

Early morning start
made easier after an
early evening crash

I watch them wrestle

I watch them wrestle
the kids on the trampoline
in case it gets rough

When neighbourhood kids

When neighbourhood kids
all arrive in my backyard
I hide in my room

Don’t get enraged but

"Don’t get enraged but
there’s an apple label on
the floor by the door"

Burning animals

Burning animals and grain are two things God loves the aroma of

Like a ghost story

Like a ghost story
everyone has senseless
experiences

Catching morning light

Catching morning light
like a pale yellow bouquet
branch of dried gum leaves

Boy from up the street

Boy from up the street
asked "can I use your toilet?"
10 minutes ago

Putting your hand up

Putting your hand up
is as much a risk as an
opportunity

Golden afternoon

Golden afternoon
as dust then a thunderstorm
filter the warm sky

Swimming pool change rooms

Swimming pool change rooms
reverberate with wet yells
and smell of chlorine

Want to look younger?

Want to look younger?
Try humping a stranger's leg
at the swimming pool

Hanging above me

Hanging above me
and pretending to be dead
while I brush my teeth

Can’t let go of you

Can’t let go of you
bottled like a model ship
my watery friend

Friday night challenge

Friday night challenge
to stay awake for longer
than my brood of kids

Woke with a headache

Woke with a headache
but I did not drink last night
and now ask why not

The rotting gum leaves

The rotting gum leaves
make a menthol compost smell
Brings to mind the coast

Lights are on outside

Lights are on outside
on both sides of my home they
project leaves inside

Neighbour’s motorbike

Neighbour’s motorbike
changes gears with little revs
up the sleeping street

History’s a host

History’s a host
ideas are like viruses
living on past us

Voices through window

Voices through window
overlap each other with
Italian speech

An unseen forest

An unseen forest
is not an analogy
when there are no trees

Mint and ginger tea

Mint and ginger tea
tastes a bit medicinal
good for whatever

Look up from below

Look up from below
and see each breath rise to break
out of the bubble

Time is uneven

Time is uneven
passing slow underwater
and fast before bed

That point when a sound

That point when a sound
disappears from the foreground
and becomes background

The squashed tortoise shell

The squashed tortoise shell
a bump under black rubber
is all that remains

The hellish wind sounds

The hellish wind sounds
like a convection oven
cooking the landscape

Afternoon fatigue

Afternoon fatigue
makes me wish for siestas
instead of coffees

They say they’re open

They say they’re open
or open-hearted yet they
don’t make eye contact

She smiles and tells me

She smiles and tells me
“You know that you put the dick
in ridiculous?”

She will step outside

She will step outside
first thing in the morning to
squash snails and drink tea

The birthday party

The birthday party
looks like it will be rained on
but they'll still have cake

Sunrise again and

Sunrise again and
the chorus of birdsong is
nature’s alarm clock

That intuition

That intuition
to be somewhere at some time
that can't be explained

Photo credit

A chill has returned

A chill has returned
to the early morning air
ahead of warm days

My son inspires me

My son inspires me
with his positivity
and effusive praise

You sound glum. Hope I

"You sound glum. Hope I
rubbed some enthusiasm
off on you," he said.

I will unsubscribe

I will unsubscribe
from all the useless emails
that waste time each day

As the butcher talks

As the butcher talks
he will look from eye to eye
to see if you flinch

A bunch of hot air

A bunch of hot air
seems a conclusion for and
against climate change

At the pool I swim

At the pool I swim
somersaults until I lose
sense of direction

Australia Day

Australia Day
gives me a happy feeling
to know I'm working

Slipping in and out

Slipping in and out
of the few small clouds above
moves the crescent moon

The smell of water

The smell of water
from the tap on a hot day
evaporating

The temperature

The temperature
was mild for a summer day
except before dawn

Hit a kangaroo

Hit a kangaroo
while driving before first light
and still feel guilty

Smuggling cigarettes

Smuggling cigarettes
into a mental health ward
was not my idea

The receipt dances

The receipt dances
on an air-conditioned breeze
at the shop's doorway

Tiny groping hands

Tiny groping hands
take hold of power by a
near hairless margin

(Image from here)

Inside I am wet

Inside I am wet
with warm streams and raging seas
and shifting currents

The laboured breathing

The laboured breathing
and bitter taste in my mouth
as I drink coffee

Facebook stirs sadness

Facebook stirs sadness
as I find friends have detached
their profile from mine

That love is a verb

That love is a verb
reminds me to be present
and to touch when touched

She sings to someone

She sings to someone
at the back of the room and
they're invisible

Get comfortable

Get comfortable
with the feeling of being
uncomfortable

I'm a bit bothered

I'm a bit bothered
that if you're not a sports fan
you're not a real man

Magpies seem to sulk

Magpies seem to sulk
as parrots drive them from the
peach tree filled with fruit

Mopoke owl and frogs

Mopoke owl and frogs
join a choir of cicadas
then a plane passes

I feel for women

I feel for women
who let men stick their dick in
for a roof and food

The wind in trees sounds

The wind in trees sounds
like a wave breaking on rocks
in flow without ebb

It's good to feel sad

It's good to feel sad
as sadness for sadness means
pain will heal the pain

Pale yellow wheat stems

Pale yellow wheat stems
fill the land with beige fields and
set my mind at ease