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.

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