Chatter announces

Chatter announces
golden-haired cisticola
among cumbungi

No chance to focus

No chance to focus
school holidays never end
ever since lockdown

Anxious for today

Anxious for today
dreaming of performances
I woke too early

Smells throughout the house

Smell throughout the house
lingers like toilet cleaner
her scented candles

Youse is a great word

Youse is a great word
Australians fondly say
but I still like y’all

Earworms multiply

Earworms multiply
each child sings different pop
holiday soundtrack

Pedals grip my feet

Pedals grip my feet
a saddle supports my seat
my bike carries me

Among distant swans

Among distant swans
saw my first Brolga today
we both walked Fivebough

Room full of toddlers

Room full of toddlers
excitement pushed to limits
as meerkats escape

Crafting my reasons

Crafting my reasons
navigating galleries
seeking artful terms

Opening emails

Opening emails
default view is negative
draft replies later

Crying will not help

Crying will not help
looking back on an era
good while it lasted

Artist in my dreams

Artist in my dreams
he's my spirit animal
subconscious at work

Glistening of leaves

Glistening of leaves
the angle of the sunrise
I see winter's depth

Without a razor

Without a razor
shadow bristles on my chin
my face is ragged

Scratch on my knuckles

Scratch on my knuckles
cracks showing in fingernails
my hands show winter

The sound of pool balls

The sound of pool balls
dropping at the table's end
burst of firecrackers

Misreading emails

Misreading emails
now Mercury retrograde
details fade to fears

He runs home screaming

He runs home screaming
someone threatened to shoot him
the police are called

Maintaining focus

Maintaining focus
crossing items off my list
restless for progress

Warm breeze from the north

Warm breeze from the north
gives me a feeling to run
take flight on the gusts

Went to bed early

Went to bed early
woke to son making school lunch
late on Friday night

Dating when older

Dating when older
reminding them of trauma
rewriting their lives

Regional artists

Regional artists
each relate to their landscape
each create their scope

Smell of tobacco

Smell of tobacco
hangs with secondhand curtains
darkening my days

A sense of purpose

A sense of purpose
committed to a practise
life as an artist

Under a blanket

Under a blanket
winter rain on a tin roof
grateful for a home

For a little more

For a little more
one holds a thing of beauty
a hard cover book

I buy sultanas

I buy sultanas
packs from each supermarket
they taste different

Really can't complain

Really can't complain
my son cooked dinner tonight
green chicken curry

On quiet mornings

On quiet mornings
emotions rise without source
what was I thinking?

Plumber shakes his head

Plumber shakes his head
"Baby wipes, man. Baby wipes."
Lucky it's tree roots

Under a blanket

Under a blanket
landscape almost black and white
damp clouds hang around

Anger flares again

Anger flares again
words tumble out of order
rage provokes more rage

Heightened beginnings

Heightened beginnings
my senses register aches
cold mornings return

Time-lapse photographs

Time-lapse photographs
make a day in the shadows
from a moonlit night

Counting the seconds

Counting the seconds
from distant flashing fireworks
to explosive start

As though colours drained

As though colours drained
only pale butterflies land
where mint flowers wilt

She knows that chatter

She knows that chatter
Willy Wagtail changing song
full moon approaches

Gentle reminder

Gentle reminder
when voicing disappointment
I am unburdened

Rising flood waters

Rising flood waters
stranding elevated knobs
as panic sets in

One you brush and rake

One you brush and rake
another you rush and brake
both leaves by the road

Sit still and look out

Sit still and look out
deformed clouds pass the window
misshapen by dust

At points in the day

At points in the day
I feel the beam from her eyes
invested with love

Sun slides down the sky

Sun slides down the sky
warm beams blown off course by wind
winter dims my days

I'm scared to enter

I'm scared to enter
now it's so dark in the room
I hung lined curtains

Superficial talk

Superficial talk
toxic femininity
uncontrolled bitching

The fence closing in

The fence closing in
hollow barks without intent
sad neighbourhood dogs

A delightful choke

A delightful choke
steams thickens the bathroom air
holds winter away

Each day has struggles

Each day has struggles
your battles are not your own
speak them for others

Success in being

Success in being
embodying existence
simplify your life

Our path from today

Our path from today
to fight their cynicism
cultivate your joy

Every now and then

Every now and then
she says something cynical
a chill becomes me

Each day my lover

Each day my lover
we're vessels for each other
warm me like cuppas

Cooking risotto

Cooking risotto
always ends up a pot full
whichever pot used

Squeak of my bike cranks

Squeak of my bike cranks
like Corellas chattering
as they fly past me

I awoke early

I awoke early
looked outside for a comet
stars distracted me

Prompted to record

Prompted to record
pianos looping around
one foggy morning

Recording moments

Recording moments
the world we choose to recall
making sense of days

Eczema blights my skin

Eczema blights my skin
"I love you, Jason" I say
self-loathing must end

Well-fed brown eagle

Well-fed brown eagle
intimidated by crows
over a rabbit

Red and orange leaves

Red and orange leaves
contrast on a pale blue sky
cold nights are forecast

I should know better

I should know better
unsolicited advice
mostly never helps

After Carl Sagan

After Carl Sagan
stardust is overrated
praise unknown microbes

Time is circular



Time is circular
experiences loop back
as perspective shifts

Helping kids with school

Helping kids with school
learning how little I know
sciences and math

Bought green tomatoes

Bought green tomatoes
fried, pickled and salsa'd them
all revelations

Believe in past lives

Believe in past lives
recognise the characters
my variations

Our human birthright

Our human birthright
expression through any means
creativity

Fundamental tone

Fundamental tone
a standing wave resonates
in every structure

Isolated since

Isolated since
summer temperatures scorched
I’m an indoor pet

As summer faded

As summer faded
we shared a final moment
old praying mantis

Roof leaks cold droplets

Roof leaks cold droplets
rejection email arrives
puddles of failure form

Coffee withdrawal

Coffee withdrawal
burned my fingers on the stove
grateful for cuddles

We both woke early

We both woke early
restless with new beginnings
sharing future dreams

Who you always were

Who you always were
I’m pleased to see you become
Happy birthday son

Caught in our own webs

Caught in our own webs
sticking to the lines we spin
home becomes a trap

As autumn begins

As autumn begins
the joke that we might forget
Anzac Day means death

Woke to a cricket

Woke to a cricket
oscillating near my fan
seems we’re both lonely

Kids still play at dusk

Kids still play at dusk
as my bare feet find warm earth –
autumn in hiding

I choked that person

I choked that person
stopped thinking their thoughts and grew
die before you die

Like a polished blade

Like a polished blade
reflection can produce change
mirrors cut deeply

Restricted movement

Restricted movement
buying food and staying home
fattened in our pens

Grizzling in our cave

Grizzling in our cave
it may as well be winter
we should hibernate

Running around mint

Running around mint
focusing my camera
hunting butterflies

Old gaming console

Old gaming console
sentimental favourite
past summers return

The first bloom of spring —

The first bloom of spring —
while teacher is occupied
whispers in the classroom

Enthusiasm

Enthusiasm
propels me into my day
my mistress caffeine

Roof materials

Roof materials
beaten like the garden leaves
the sound of rain falling

High-pitched whine of birds

High-pitched whine of birds
perched on the broadcast tower
what is it they hear?

Masks, queues and rations

masks, queues and rations
supermarket wartime feels
reality check

After weeks of song

After weeks of song
the Pied Butcherbirds flew on
cool, quiet sunrise

I dream of scarred trees

I dream of scarred trees
ancient hollows everywhere
offering shelter

Weaning off coffee

Weaning off coffee
counting down the beans I brew
missing bitterness

Growing up in suburbs

Growing up in suburbs
cues from brick colour and hills
sensing location

If I were to paint

If I were to paint
airports shown from overhead
a plane's point of view

In isolation

In isolation
one thousand projects blooming
time is no constraint

Waving and smiling

Waving and smiling
letting people know we’re here
broadcasts to the world

My flowering mint

Flush with autumn rain
humming with dozens of wings
my flowering mint

Autumn brings rainfall

Autumn brings rainfall
concrete feels cool beneath feet
less mosquito bites

I took for granted

I took for granted
the simple joy of swinging
now the playground's closed

This is happiness

This is happiness
self-seeded watermelon
ripe at summers end

Ambulances pass

Ambulances pass
it further heightens stresses
without Corona

Being an artist

Being an artist
in a group full of painters
my concept of pears

Dreamed Prince wrote a book

Dreamed Prince wrote a book
on teens sexuality
from a woman's view

Distant star puddle

Distant star puddle
spilt across the morning sky
Southern cross pokes out

Ships come and ships go

Ships come and ships go
just as waters rise and fall
hardships and friendships

Kids in the evening

Kids in the evening
while their mother cooks dinner
scream at the backdoor

I thought two canned goods

I thought two canned goods
would let me buy two of each
two canned goods only

Making time to read

Making time to read
sunlight warms my bare stomach
flies tickle my skin

Breezes cool again

Breezes cool again
that bite in the day eases
smells like an ashtray

Smattering of clouds

Smattering of clouds
reflect the lightening sky
kookaburra calls

I'm too old for this

I'm too old for this
emojis are beyond me
layers of meanings

Sound relationships

Sound relationships
between our notes lie meanings
gaps make harmonies

Knowing somebody

Knowing somebody
little things we do to them
when they're not present

Slow-moving spectre

Slow-moving spectre
news forecasts growth in illness
I mourn deaths to come

It occurred to me

It occurs to me
I caffeinate for parties
feel like Pavlov’s dog

A beautiful start

A beautiful start
just enough clouds to reflect
the spectrum of dawn

I wanted to be

I wanted to be
but didn’t have the grades for
an aviatrix

Pull back the curtains

Pull back the curtains
meet your audience halfway
reveal their meanings

She wanted to rest

She wanted to rest
her father was firm she'd rise
school must've seemed best

Small euphemisms

Small euphemisms
powerfully influence
small-minded people

That softening smile

That softening smile
her partner kisses her neck
mid-conversation

Sky lightens outside

Sky lightens outside
my anticipation grows
today is blooming

That background murmur

That background murmur
my neighbour works at Woolworths
her voice takes me there

Ideas stream past me

Ideas stream past me
walking at night with my son
I can only "Hmm?"

Mysterious vine

Mysterious vine:
cucumber or zucchini?
No, watermelon.

Reading statistics

Reading statistics
thinking who I know will die
Corona virus

Rubber egg in fridge

Rubber egg in fridge
plastic spider on the floor
my son loves a joke

Cycling through websites

Cycling through websites
revisiting the Facebook
losing time online

Hanging up my towel

Hanging up my towel
with the swimming pool closing
summer is ending

Proofing poetry

Proofing poetry
praying mantis on my page
casts a long shadow

Lavender oil scent

Lavender oil scent
reconstituted by bath
sleepiness returns

Sitting by a creek

Sitting by a creek
watching Kookaburras bathe
Wallabies drinking

We are what we eat

We are what we eat
with food exported from here
our river flows far

After interviews

After interviews
I dream we all board a car
subject takes the wheel

Our awkward glances

Our awkward glances
she stands naked before me
life-drawing model

A sliver of moon

A sliver of moon
glows in the fading sunset
before the stars shine

Squeezing mayonaise

Squeezing mayonaise
"a sound that could curdle milk"
says my eldest son

Collections of words

Collections of words
my creative wayfinding
bite-sized diaries

Smell in the kitchen

Smell in the kitchen
earthy and familiar
a dish from my past

The scarred trees proclaim

These scarred trees proclaim
always was, always will be
Wiradjuri land

A chill in the wind

A chill in the wind
I worry I've lost summer
under a blanket

Among the drab weeds

Among the drab weeds
magnificent great egret
hiding in a drain

Maintaining routine

Maintaining routine
while faced with indifference
calls for tradition

Driving the wrong side

Driving the wrong side
sprayer hanging out window
poisoning the kerb

Some do not believe

Some do not believe
men's intuition is real
I know this is true

"Is this bike stolen?"

"Is this bike stolen?"
The guy in the wheelchair laughs
says he's not a thief

There's everything

There's everything
then there are things happening
then there are reasons

Researching stories

Researching stories
listening to memories
following a ghost

Leeton after rain

Leeton after rain
after dust clears from the air
smell of cattle piss

Try to remove one

Try to remove one
rubber band from a doorknob
abundance stifles

The wind from the east

The wind from the east
blowing feathers from the park
into street puddles

Feels like reverie

Feels like reverie
evokes timeless qualities
those sounds the rain makes

As the years go by

As the years go by
some challenges still remain
kids birthday parties

Relax and let go

Relax and let go
your life is in perfect flow
be swept up and float

My motivation

My motivation
trickling like a broken tap
can I make it flow?

Butcher Bird calling

Butcher Bird calling
warming up with a lone "woo"
then full melody

Truck deliveries

Truck deliveries
rumble of fruit unloading
scent of oranges

Sometimes thoughts pass by

Sometimes thoughts pass by
sometimes it fits a haiku
I wait in ambush

To collaborate

To collaborate
it requires merging ideas
more than more people

My concentration

My concentration
without an itch to be scratched
life before Facebook

While twiddling my thumbs

While twiddling my thumbs
a sense of productivity
love online projects

Blankets muffle sound

Blankets muffle sound
I’ll retreat to bed to heal
anechoic heart

If the label fits

If the label fits
your knee-jerk nationalism
Oi oi fucking oi

Like a narrative

Like a narrative
leads one to a perspective
so does driving roads

A shooting star streaks

A shooting star streaks
a plane passes overhead
like ships in the night

Evading capture

Evading capture
running loose in the top paddock
those obsessive thoughts

Mid-summer rainfall

Mid-summer rainfall
a Butcher Bird's mournful song
my favourite sounds

Effortless tears fall

Effortless tears fall
connect me with ancestors
as I cut onions

Dogs barking last night

Dogs barking last night
a neighbour's cat taunting them
circling past their yard

Bathed in blue-red glow

Bathed in blue-red glow
holding ends of the rainbow
our sunset last night

A phenomena

A phenomena
did my eyes adjust to dark
or is it first light?

My little foible

My little foible
central to my character
easily dismissed

Earth is easy mode

Earth is easy mode
every other planet
wants to kill humans

Cynicism is

Cynicism is:
  • void of positive outcome
  • void of agency

She finds Gibran naff

She finds Gibran naff
"Where did poetry hurt you?"
Some time I must ask

Cunnamulla dream

Cunnamulla dream
"mother-in-law" I was told
no mention online

At night it's louder

At night it's louder
as noises between my ears
swirl without context

Public art danger

Public art danger
rhino sculpture by the road
nearly causes crash

Orange sideburn hair

Orange sideburn hair
glowing in the morning sun
before turning grey

School had health hustles

School had health hustles
when I devised the routine
everyone died

Absorb the details

Absorb the details
know where to look for the plot
watch the same film twice

Wonderful dream

Wonderful dream
I learned to ride an eagle
you climb on their tail

Treat yourself kindly

Treat yourself kindly
better than your partner does
learn to love yourself

Across the country

Across the country
acrid smoke stings our eyes
future is unclear

Rosedale holidays

Rosedale holidays
long ago but part of me
now they're memories

Hear the words spoken

Hear the words spoken
when people want your advice
they will ask for it

I open the door

I open the door
my skin tightens from hot air
checking an oven

Stained by bushfire smoke

Stained by bushfire smoke
a painterly quality
filters the sunrise

Awaiting a meal

Awaiting a meal
ignoring rabbits nearby
a well-fed eagle

Happiness consumes

Happiness consumes
finishing items from fridge
then shopping for more