Sitting in ruins

Sitting in ruins
after the apocalypse
the mint still smells good

Tasks hanging about

Tasks hanging about
like a winter washing line
clothes stretching for days

"It's just you," she says

"It's just you," she says
I walk past her house at night
teasing or relieved?

Facebook sucks dogs dicks

Facebook sucks dogs dicks
after years they found a link
now I'm banned again

Dried blood from a bird

Dried blood from a bird
casts a shadow on the road
even after rain

Winter changes pace

Winter changes pace
allowing water to rest
sparkling in the sun

You can learn a lot

You can learn a lot
watching how marshmallows roast
technique and patience

Cartoon by Little Hiker Bird

A friend pointed out

A friend pointed out
Baiame in the night sky
Now I can't not see

Jupiter taunts me

Jupiter taunts me
clouded evening and morning
yet shines while I pee

Shifting our language

Shifting our language
let's make kinship a focus
females as sisters

Pic by Di Paulger

Sign says "Be aware"

Sign says "Be aware"
as we walk an ancient land
"Songlines everywhere"

Pic by Ajita Cannings

Art by Libby Harward

Finding lost money

Finding lost money
is like payment for cleaning
at ten cents an hour

Disproportionate

Disproportionate
my mouth has gravity
words fall out of it

From out of the blue

From out of the blue
making associations
bridging new meaning

Future looks cluttered

Future looks cluttered
caught myself seeing double
as dreams blocked my view

Art by Betty Bradney

Cooked pizza tonight

Cooked pizza tonight
I must need validation
my kids all praised me

I can be many

I can be many
away from the gaze of light
dancing in shadows

The play of shadows

The play of shadows
create movement from sculpture
lighting is an art

Art by Lindee Russell

Susan Rogers says

Susan Rogers says
we're letting go of the past
to become future

The human spirit

The human spirit
finds some solace in nature
where straight lines are rare

That last gasp for breath

That last gasp for breath
colours the air like panic
as day ends again

How her hair moves back

How her hair moves back
as though clearing her whole face
to let her smile beam

As Y2K passed

As Y2K passed
we joked about the end times
it’s not funny now

Graceful like a tree

Graceful like a tree
letting go of vibrant leaves
while planning new growth

Listening to tyres

Listening to tyres
toxic masculinity
skidmarked cul de sacs

Reaching the cover

Reaching the cover
after reading the whole book
wanting another

Trying to stay cool

Trying to stay cool
while turning red in public
blushing like autumn

He looks much older

He looks much older
after only a few days
not seeing my son

Don’t let the weather

Don’t let the weather
fool you into assuming
everything is fine

With your indulgence

With your indulgence
one hundred and fifty poems
mark this small milestone

Surprised a shy bird

Surprised a shy bird
Australian Canary
shat itself then left

He showed us his heart

He showed us his heart
it’s sad it’s remarkable
he touched our own hearts

Under canopies

Under canopies
standing among the branches
at home in the trees

When light is distant

When light is distant
a sliver of reflection
can cut through shadows

Pre-polling threatens

Pre-polling threatens
democracy sausages
vote on polling day

From the mountain range

From the mountain range
Murrumbidgee River flows
through me to the sea

Among the debris

Among the debris
floating on the passing stream
reflections of clouds

Unflinching and still

Unflinching and still
at once present and distant
I wish for calmness

Average white male

Average white male
normalising difference
making space for change

Artworks by Sarah McEwan
Photo by Jo Roberts

One thing I’ve noticed

One thing I’ve noticed
since drinking coffee again
strong opinions flow

Ripples on water

Ripples on water
reflecting the light of dawn
the breaking of day

Rainy sunsets glow

Rainy sunsets glow
purple hues in the heavens
a rare sight this year

It now seems likely

It now seems likely
planting wattles in our yard
increased wattle birds

Wasp attacks spider

Wasp attacks spider
menacing procreation
confronting nature

Show me where it hurts

Show me where it hurts
tell me how I can help you
let me kiss your wounds

I stepped out the door

I stepped out the door
a garden hose on the steps
no — it is a snake

In late morning sun

In late morning sun
among the pigface flowers
a bearded dragon

Crown-wearing red fruit

Crown-wearing red fruit
claims ground in a southern land
thirsty for water

Quiet little town

Quiet little town
never appeared on a map
known as Gunnadoo

Clear skies and cold wind

Clear skies and cold wind
fragrant smoke of cypress pine
winter has returned

Riverina dawn

Riverina dawn
irrigation channels glow
sunrise in Leeton

Drinking on your own

Drinking on your own
seeking shelter under trees
it’s a lonely life

The breezes whisper

The breezes whisper
as the sun sets earlier
a change is coming

Faster than sparrows

Faster than sparrows
the blink of a camera
immortal moment

After vivid dreams

After vivid dreams
emotional responses
don't mention the moon

My mornings alone

My mornings alone
luxuriating in thoughts
pondering feelings

The cock crows early

The cock crows early
lascivious and lonely
dreamy with desire

Missing my coffee

Missing my coffee
when I wake early mornings
bouncing thoughts alone

My outlook is blue

My outlook is blue
looming death dominates view
light shines through the cracks

In another land

In another land
red mushrooms would disappear
among fallen leaves

Lying under wires

Lying under wires
as audible harmonics
swell and ease with wind

Couldn’t change my spots

Couldn’t change my spots
changed my desire to fit in
spot the difference

Wearing all my scars

Wearing all my scars
signs of experiences
so others know me

One day I will leave

One day I will leave
my shell will remain behind
in the web I wove

As the day begins

As the day begins
last night remains in the shade
holding space for dreams

With each beginning

With each beginning
I reflect on how I’ve grown
grateful to grow more

Share your love like air

Share your love like air
exhale love with every breath
make love great again

Round and round we go

Round and round we go
it rarely feels like progress
without stepping back