January 31, 2022 · 10:40 pm
the kids are taller,
my figure’s fuller,
my mind is duller.
And so they flow,
future to past,
this present instant
All these years,
my face can’t hide,
all these months,
can’t be defied
all these weeks,
soon put aside,
as all these days,
wash away with the tide.
But I’ll face each one
head high with pride,
and I’ll choose the path
down which I stride.
I’ve been thinking about aging a lot lately, because I’m spending a lot of time trying to sort things out for my parents who never did any planning beyond “we’ll see what happens”, which is my mother’s catch phrase. That phrase has become such a trigger for me – I just want to slap anyone who says it now, and yell “no! take some responsibility for your life!”. My parents have always been irresponsible. They’re truly dreadful role models. But brilliant cautionary examples. Anyway, trying to sort things out for them now, from interstate, in a pandemic, is a nightmare. Not that it would be much easier if I was there – they simply have no records, no paperwork, no plans, no ideas… And it’s made me think about where I want to be after I retire, and what happens when I can’t manage on my own anymore, advanced care directives, administrators and executors. It’s a bit depressing. But at least if my kids do want to slap me in 30 years, it won’t be because I’m just waiting to see what happens, but because of what I’ve chosen to do. I hope they want to slap me for blowing their inheritance on a sports car and a toy-boy and really expensive champagne.
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Tagged as aging, kids, parents
January 30, 2022 · 10:21 pm
Silver fish flashing,
a thousand bright darts rising
in a green-glass wave,
scattering, none touch, but the
wave pats my head in passing.
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Tagged as beach, memory, summer, tanka
January 30, 2022 · 9:49 am
A collaboration with my daughter:
Beaky McBeaky was ever so cheeky,
his brother, Baby Barry, less so.
Through the coop, Beaky sneakied,
and right after him Barry followed.
As Soup cock-a-doodled,
and the Meepers were cheeping,
right up to the foodles
the naughty McBeakies were creeping.
With their beaks in the trough,
they ignored pecking order,
until Cream chased them off –
the great fluffy-knickered coop warder.
But Beaky McBeaky, always so sneaky,
just hid ‘hind the back of a stump,
when Cream looked away, ever so cheeky
out of hiding McBeakies did jump!
Beaky McBeaky ran straight to the trough,
his baby brother behind,
beaks down see them scoff
at the pecking order defied.
The McBeakies, Beaky and Baby Barry, are the most recently hatched chicks and the Meepers (Laveen, Altona and Little Big Fred) are the previous clutch. Cream is one of the hens and Soup (what’s in a name?) is one of the two remaining roosters.
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Tagged as chickens, kids, rurality
January 28, 2022 · 8:47 am
It’s wonderful to be a pig,
with snout to dig,
and tail to twitch
at flies that itch
Sun-snoozing here, a human comes
to rub my tum.
shows gratitude –
I lift a leg and roll a bit,
Ah, there, that’s it!
Nothing can match
a belly scratch.
Written for the dVerse “minute poem” prompt.
Grace describes a minute poem:
“The Minute Poem is a 60 syllable verse form, one syllable for each second in a minute. The theme should be an event that is over and done completely, as in a minute. Since the dominant line is short the effect is likely humorous, whimsical or semi-serious. It was created by Verna Lee Hinegardner, once poet laureate of Arkansas.
The elements of the Minute Poem are:
1. narrative poetry.
2. a 12 line poem made up of 3 quatrains. (3 of 4-line stanzas)
3. syllabic, 8-4-4-4 8-4-4-4 8-4-4-4 (First line has 8 syllables of each stanza. Remaining lines has 4 syllables in each stanza)
4. rhymed, rhyme scheme of aabb ccdd eeff.
5. description of a finished event (preferably something done is 60 seconds).
6. is best suited to light verse, likely humorous, whimsical or semi-serious.”
Great prompt Grace – what a fun form!
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Tagged as dVerse, kids, pig
January 26, 2022 · 12:08 pm
I’m revisiting my “five red tulips in a white pot” series to finish it, and in response to Tuesday’s dVerse prompt “songs of unreason“. The challenge is to use one of the specified lines from Jim Harrison as an epigraph. I chose:
“After last night’s storm the tulip petals are strewn across the patio where they mortally fluttered.”- Church, Jim Harrison
The flame-filled cups have fallen
scattered and spilt
like drops of blood on the porch,
soon dried and scuffed away.
The Persian-green foliage,
bleached to palest straw,
was carried off
by the summer wind.
Now just the five pale bulbs remain,
safe-hidden for their nine month wait,
in their russet-brown wrapping paper
soil-slumbering in the white pot.
January 25, 2022 · 3:57 pm
From a current and long past 30C summer day in Australia, a response to the dVerse quadrille prompt “shivering“:
Swaddled by the oven-breath air,
lips pale against sunburned skin,
we stare out to sea,
asking for “just one more”
“please, just one more”
as we watch the rollers
waiting for the perfect
to carry us to shore.
When we went to the beach when I was a kid, which we did a lot, we’d stay in the water until we were freezing – which actually didn’t take that long in the cold waters off the south coast of Australia, even on the hottest day. My mother would have to yell at us to get out of the water because our lips were turning blue and she could see us shivering. The water is a lot warmer along the east coast where I swim and body surf with my kids now, but they still usually have to be told to come out.
January 21, 2022 · 10:52 pm
Dusk is rising from the gullies,
gathering beneath the trees
lifting the last light up their trunks,
ripening it from gold to rose as it climbs.
To the east, the blue earth-shadow
like a distant sea overflowing the hills
slowly merges into the deepening sky.
To the west, the sun drops below the ridge,
the last day-light staining the clouds.
Stars appear in the indigo depths.
I am trying to walk every evening for at least half an hour, so I’m seeing a lot of sunsets at the moment (and hence also the high fraction of evening poems on the blog at the moment). And it’s occurred to me that night does not fall, at least not in the bush – it rises, flowing up from the valleys and gullies. It’s day that falls from the sky.
The photo is from this evening’s walk, looking west. I should have taken one to the east as well – maybe tomorrow.
Linking to dVerse OLN, I’m sorry to miss another live one… maybe next time I will set the alarm to join in, I just need to figure out the time difference.
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Tagged as dVerse, night
January 20, 2022 · 3:30 pm
For dVerse Tuesday poetics: the poet’s storehouse, celebrating National Thesaurus Day (US):
of the hundred-member
by the flatulent bellow
of the pobblebonk.
Their amphibious hubbub
rises from the damn
as an almost-solid layer of sound.
the dulcet tones of the carolling magpie
curl through the air
like a sweet fragrance.
He embellishes his song with each repetition,
and then explodes in full-throated,
silencing the frogs
and sending magpie home in a huff.
The challenge was to use a word from each of these lists:
bellow; clink; drone; jingle; quiver;
clamour; dissonant; rip-roaring; tempestuous; vociferous;
dulcet: honeyed; poetic; sonorous; tonal;
blabber; cackle; dribble; gurgle; seethe;
beseech; chant; drawl; embellish; intone
So obviously the poem had to be about either my (droning, bellowing, dissonant, vociferous, blabbering, cackling…) kids, or the (other) local wildlife.
I can’t post files, but here are links to the frog and bird songs mentioned if you want to hear them:
eastern sign bearing froglets (kazoo band)
magpie – quite different in look and sound to norther hemisphere magpies.
January 19, 2022 · 8:37 pm
Our phone calls are become a travelogue:
last week she was at the beach,
on Monday she was visiting her son,
on Wednesday she was at work,
and today she’s in a restaurant waiting for lunch.
But she’s thinking of going home soon.
I don’t query or correct,
Why would I?
when her mind is giving her better stories
than the truth.
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Tagged as memory, parents
January 16, 2022 · 7:42 pm
If you’ve read my post Tanked, this picture of our new over-flow tank will be familiar. It’s 4m in diameter, weighs 400kg, and fell off the truck and tried to escape by rolling downhill into the dam when it was delivered. We stopped it, and rolled it back up to the house and tied it to a tree so it couldn’t get away.
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Tagged as haibun, rurality, water