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