Known as 'Town of Trees'

Known as 'Town of Trees'
Narrandera will be owned
by slow-paced giants

Dry dusty paddocks

Dry dusty paddocks
stubble remains from wheat crops
parched after summer

Looking down on me

Looking down on me
through celestial porthole
the man in the moon

From many dark trees

From many dark trees
magpies announce the sun rise
under morning star

Seasons are changing

Seasons are changing
this morning it was cooler
I put on slippers

A forklift’s beeping

A forklift’s beeping
cuts through early morning air
like an alarm clock

Look up at the sky

Look up at the sky
for timeless inspiration
sublime qualities

The facts form a text

The facts form a text
we’re reading between the lines
to make our meanings

Last night in a dream

Last night in a dream
planets on the horizon
as big as full moons

Looking for dawn's glow

Looking for dawn's glow
hoping a ray of sunlight
will colour grey clouds

6:30am

6:30am
a melody on the breeze
as someone's phone sings

Heavy with blossom

Heavy with blossom
old grey box tree fell over
bees have not noticed

The birds and the bees

The birds and the bees
shared these high-rise apartments
now horizontal

Percussive alarm

Percussive alarm
waving wings reveal a meal
turning on the spot

Worse than rejection

Worse than rejection
the lack of explanation
halts moving forward

Looking out the front

Looking out the front
morning light between the blinds
wattle and saltbush

Gherkins for jerking

Gherkins for jerking
Facebook's weird advertising
making me hungry

Kookaburra coughs

Kookaburra coughs
clouds rusty with dull dusting
a muted sunrise

I’ve watched from afar

I’ve watched from afar
their coy approach each morning
Luna and Venus

Opportunity

Opportunity
among industrial lines
curved leaves branching out

For a brief moment

For a brief moment
I can forget where I am
drawing to music

Seeing the unseen

Seeing the unseen
like lightning frozen in time
in a photograph

Early morning walk

Early morning walk
disturbs an owl from shadows
we’re both unsettled

Her face turns away

Her face turns away
the light moves from broad to short
within a few nights

The rousing galahs

The rousing galahs
shaking limbs of trees and wings
leaves and feathers fall

One drop of water

One drop of water
evaporated last year
still creates ripples

Light through my window

Light through my window
the moon visiting a man
king tide stirred inside

Moonrise is postponed

Moonrise is postponed
it's government policy
they'll decide what shines

When the heat passes

When the heat passes
a reminder to find calm
look up with wonder

As it is above

As it is above
changing shape and infinite
so it is below

Two birds in a tree

Two birds in a tree
one leans over the other
regurgitating

Dark clouds overhead

Dark clouds overhead
rain bounces furiously
revealing hailstones

While you were sleeping

While you were sleeping
I could not help but admire
your tranquil beauty

Without this photo

Without this photo
could I be sure to have seen
the colours of dawn

Blank wall reveals growth

Blank wall reveals growth
floodlights are outpacing trees
the stars are outshined

What price do we pay

What price do we pay
for seeing buildings at night
without the starlight

Stirred early morning

Stirred early morning
unsettled by fleeting thoughts
around the edges

My grandfather said

My grandfather said:
"Three moves is good as a fire."
What can I carry?

Sharpening their beaks

Sharpening their beaks
sitting on an antenna
two crows wait for dawn

We've peeled back petals

We've peeled back petals
our pollination bore fruits
light falls between us

Distant television

Distant television
blinking from light years away
twinkling star tonight

Summer noon twilight

Summer noon twilight
parched landscape takes to the sky
blown furiously

Lizards disappear

Lizards disappear
tails sticking out from purslane
abandoning ants

Weeds are overgrown

Weeds are overgrown
at night the garden transforms
cool leaves brush my feet

Disquiet Junto

Disquiet Junto
a little bit descriptive
not too prescriptive

Temperatures ease

Temperatures ease
the sun starts rising later
summer is passing

Kookaburra laughs

Kookaburra laughs
in the middle of the night
rain is approaching

Enthralled each morning

Enthralled each morning
reflecting on adventures
I can’t wait to dream

Dawn interrupted

Dawn interrupted
casting stripes across the sky
apricot and blue

It gets easier

It gets easier
the painful reminders fade
memories brighten

The dog up the street

The dog up the street
barking happily tonight
as summer rain falls

My dreams are a balm

My dreams are a balm
soothing my anxieties
changing my outlook

Sunrise wind rises

Sunrise wind rises
pushing galahs to the west
from branch to tree tops

Serendipities

Serendipities
resonances in our lives
sensing a magic

Each passing moment

Each passing moment
dots connected in our lives
only in hindsight

Born in a heatwave

Born in a heatwave
that weather now seems normal
10 years old today

Industrious town

Industrious town
works three shifts a day all week
Leeton never sleeps

Polyrhythmic life

Air-conditioning
a frog outside my window
polyrhythmic life

Australia Day

Australia Day
our nation is divided
each year protests grow

The lesson I've learned

The lesson I've learned
one must know to wash the sheets
if one wants to rest

Lilac and mauve bark

Lilac and mauve bark
peels back from a sunset trunk
among drab green leaves

Water flows through air

Water flows through air
falling onto parched parkland
where grass is fading

Fortified turret

Fortified turret
flies a flag for passing bees
none else need apply

Focused on blossoms

Focused on blossoms
lone bees ignore each other
while the mint gains ground

That musical sound

That musical sound
two notes trill as they take flight
crested pigeons charm

She crashes through trees

She crashes through trees
scaring night into shadows
as birds fall silent

Cicadas singing

Cicadas singing
full moon glowing through the clouds
restless summer heat

Strangest noise just now

Strangest noise just now
squeaking like an unlubed wheel
ducks flying at night

Through the day and night

Through the day and night
through many quiet moments
Facebook calls to me

Taking to the sky

Taking to the sky
exploring another town
my little pee-wee

I am evolving

I am evolving
outgrowing my former self
ascending again

In my heart of hearts

In my heart of hearts
a deep ocean of longing
rising with the moon

Return to country

Return to country
a familiar hilltop
from previous dreams

The tap is dripping

The tap is dripping
into a watering can
shouting birds a drink

Early morning awe

Early morning awe
yellow light streaked across sky
fading among stars

Her face shows strain

Her face shows strain
I remind her of her strength
again and again

Listening to trees

Listening to trees
Christmas beetles eating leaves
on a still hot day

Their calm directions

Their calm directions
lead me to literacy
thanks librarians

Competing desires

Competing desires
contrasting expectations
reconciling dreams

The gaps between us

The gaps between us
shifting like the bricks at home
crumbling foundations

My disappointments

My disappointments
paper over cracks of light
as this new day sours

From another time

From another time
aspirations now dated
forgotten like dreams

Dog barking at me

Dog barking at me
secure within home yet scared
needs to get out more

A symbol of change

A symbol of change
my butterfly collection
transforming me too

In my solitude

In my solitude
comfortable with myself
without loneliness

Things stir in my home

Things stir in my home
each discrete act says little
together they haunt

Mosquito dives down

Mosquito dives down
heavy after drinking blood
now smeared on my palms

Each day peaks and falls

Each day peaks and falls
I get up and go around
orbiting the sun