School Bullies

My first ever day of school takes place in Australia, and the photograph taken shows me standing in a gray shirt, socks and pants – a blue jumper and black shoes. I am smiling but you can see the scared look in my eyes. I have missed quite a bit of the school year after…

New Day

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Road Trip

Green sand will remain a mystery, as though you never stopped enough but raced on. All the fields you never lay down in, all the rivers that never felt your feet. Waiting. The hail storm went unclaimed to the chagrin of your family, as though they had never replaced anything. The ice melted a moment…

All Songs Haiku

All songs are love songs He brought her here in the light to first feel the cold

Paint Haiku

Flowing gracelessly existence borne of texture dragging the senses.

Green Sea

Fifty thousand green umbrellas And water as clear as a babies eyes in the dawn. An old wooden balcony beneath mountains and optimism and the way that my parents looked in love then They way they didn’t later, arms crossed tentative, sullen. The Green Sea was watching, without judgement, a witness.

The Loving World

I notice the car because of how it enters the carpark of the childcare centre. Too fast, too reckless. We are at the door and I lead my little boy in, with my baby on my hip, pram parked on the landing. We enter the preschool and I linger, because the wealth in my life…

Ouroboros Gwawdodyn

The heart you heard spoke truly, I fellinto the depths of a sadness wellyou might then ask, why I took you to taskbut this grief alone could so compelmy eyes to look to a plot of snowin winter’s early night fading slowthe mistral came and turned frost to cold rainand embers of love greet ‘ere…

Meadow Prayer

Bring strength in soil drenched hands and cold clear water. Make me feel the flight of swallows and the thrumming of church bells. Lift my sight to promontories of limestone in the face of the Creator within this silver sky

Vandal

Gradually I learned that damaging anything around the house produced more emotional wear and tear than I could deal with. So I started damaging things away from the house. I became adept at knocking out street lights. There was plenty of gravel lying around at the edge of the road. After dusk I could bend…

Kookaburra Haiku

Three feathered demons Cackled outside my window Invading my sleep.

Soap Bubble

In the canyon of half light and a few straggling trees, a quarter of a million tonnes of concrete and steel make a pretence of immortality. As though any of this were solid or strong.9 I am in a soap bubble that will burst before the stones in that field will vanish into the river…

Silver Linings Babble

A book is a book is a book is a book. Such is the wonderful nonsense we babble and laugh And so you may stay gone Though your laugh will no longer grace our chorus of family Nor our tears fall to your hearing. We live in a cage of clouds frozen and filled with…

Expression

If you have the words, there’s always a chance that you’ll find the way. Seamus Heaney

Anniger Haikus

A momentary lapse of quiet and I am undone, between spaces Confident beech trees present as stories of deer gathered beneath them and echo footsteps of those who walked here before. My heart belongs there.