Belated Blessings.

The apartment is less than small, and would not be big enough for a couple, yet 5 of us live there. There is the living room, which is big enough to house two single beds, and a further stack of three mattresses, which each night are laid out onto the remaining floor space by the…

Fasen

Die Wälder scheinen ruhig, bis Sie einen Fasan erschrecken und der Boden bricht zu einer Explosion von Geräuschen aus. Plötzlich fliegt ein Klumpen von Blättern mit einem schreienden Sirren, und die donnernde Kakophonie deines rasenden Herzschlags ist nur überwältigt von dem unmannischen Lachen des Alten, an deinem panischen Ausdruck.

Thank You for Visiting…

“If you come at four in the afternoon, I’ll begin to be happy by three.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry   The signs at the edges of towns and villages in Australia vary in design, but all share the same basic sentiments. They thank you for visiting, remind you about where you were, a gateway to…

Being a Father…

There will be a time of walking into the forest, baskets in hand, two children, two parents. Perhaps it will be strawberries, or birch boletes, or Waldmeister or thistle roots and baby nettles. Small feet in boots, curious faces, the awe of entrusting a pocketknife or a forager’s stick for the first time. There will be…

Viaduct

This is why rocks were made to fly through my window shards like the feathers of the foraging sparrows dress the floor, the way you could not when you were not strong in a 1967 Kombi, travelling on   The clouds on the roof of the sky set me free whispering ‘Oh my Lord, why…

Resolutions

Today I painted a picture with my beautiful toddler. We sat out in the garden in the din of the cicadas, below the blue gums and angophora trees that fill our garden. I tried to show him how to load the little brush in his chunky fist, and on a clean sheet of paper sang him…

Muharrem

It it the radiance of his soul  that I shall remember most vividly. Fat and endearingly ugly,  we all called him Muci, (rhyming with poochie). He was Turkish, one of the many who lived in the area, hated and distrusted by the Austrians as they were. At the time they often squatted in the empty…

Intoxicated

I’m writing this post in a way I haven’t before. It’s just past midnight here in Australia, and the temperature is down to 29ºC (that’s 84F for any Americans playing tonight). That’s a welcome relief from the 41ºC (106F) we saw earlier, and I’m sitting here listening to the song of the crickets, and the…

Edge of Lindabrunn

The grass caresses the corner where the three roads meet, hills behind and playful hares boxing in the impossible green Beyond, the wilting sunflowers and maize line the street and into the western alps the sun slides, soon to be unseen.   Now rising in the depth of earth the lime-chill waters flow and send…

Introduction to a Mountain

You know that snow is white, looks white, even in the dark. The dark that you left home in early that morning, and that only now is beginning to abate into a reluctant dawn. And the snow curls around hills and lays slumped upon trees and houses, still gleaming with a blue glow that slowly…

Spires in the Earth

In a the earth revealed 65 million years before stands a city 1500 years old, the heart of a nation that has for a millennium endured.   There, in the soil of the Central Cemetery first turned 154 years ago the ashes of a man who was 69 have lain for two years.   They…

About a Girl

It’s the last week of school before the spring break in 1995. My friends have all received and lamented their annual report cards, while celebrating the approaching completion of their school lives at the end of the next term. From here a few will apply for Gymnasium, which involves sitting numerous difficult examinations in a range of…