Poem: Windows

The moonbeam probes the arrow slit. Searches the ruined keep to find Nothing within – Not even a ghost. The squadron of fish, in close order drill, Flits to the right in perfect formation Indifferent to the porthole Of the sunken troopship. Graffiti scrawled, the whitewash Obscures the window of the empty shop And the […]

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Poem: Where

Where can I buy Some rose-coloured spectacles, To hide from my eye, The madness of man. Where can there be A place where atrocities Don’t call to me Of the badness of man. Each, in his way, Thinks himself justified, And night conquers day In the sadness of man. But one day the weak Will […]

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Poem: Waterfall

On a mountain far away Where little streams combine to grow Together, from their interplay A mighty river starts to flow. Quiet at first, through grassy meads And then a gorge with craggy walls Constricts and narrows there, and leads The river to the awesome falls. Confused and angry waters roar And, unsupported, leap in […]

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Poem: Vision

As I sat quietly by the fire I had a waking dream The whole wide world before me spread, I saw the living and the dead, Massed like a mighty choir Pass in an endless stream. And loud so loud, their voices rang Each voice so loud and clear, And youth and joy in descant […]

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Poem: Viewpoint

He entered the railway carriage – The Newcomer. Placing his attache case on the rack. Seating himself delicately His fingers nipping his trousers to preserve the crease. And they regarded him The Travellers Bored by the long haul from A to B. A morals charge, mused the policeman. But that was reminiscing. It’s allowed nowadays […]

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Poem: Two Work Poems

TWO WORK POEMS. 1. Mantis. The forklift driver mounted the back of the mantis. It raised its arms in ecstasy to the sky. “Watch Out Vic I” t warned him. “Don’t get too involved. “You know what the mantis does to her mate!” 2. Strange Journeys. The timber warehouse, the smell of pine and I […]

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Poem: To My Bath

Subtle temptress, white of form, Alluring in your veil of steam, Smiling white enamel gleam Hinting of a friendship warm. Tantalising, playing the coquette Repulsing my advances, as my toe, Timid as lovers touch, would know Your mood, You hotly chide “Not yet” At last relenting, your embrace Stimulates, then soothes to rest. Secure and […]

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Poem: To Edith (no. 2)

To Edith. (no. 2) I lost a love, and I was lost. After the numbness, the disbelief, Denial and anger, I found myself again, or so I thought, I found another. But how much is my need? How much my fantasies – projected on another. How does the arrogance of “I Love you” Demand a […]

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Poem: To An Unnamed Island Continent

TO AN UNNAMED ISLAND CONTINENT Plain upon plain upon plain Distance has no meaning here Marked out neatly in anthill monuments to nothing. Saltpans dreaming whitely of long dead seas Blunted mountains conceding slow defeat to erosion. And yet Here on the coast Crammed into their five cities The newcomers vociferously proclaim the name “Australia” […]

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