An Australian Night

The smooth pale skin of the ghost gum trees Glimmers faintly in the star strewn night Leaves rustle softly in the night breeze Catching the glint of the pale moonlight Boobook owls call and frogmouths hoot Wagtails sing to the rising moon Koalas bellow while possums fight And crickets chirrup a background tune Rocks loom…

Defective genetics

No need to worry, said the doctor Medication will stop the degeneration You’ll be fine She meant to be encouraging It might even be true But all the kind words In the whole world Won’t stop the pain It might not get any worse But it won’t get better Another disability Another aspect of defective…

In praise of the Cello

It would be hard, I think, to find someone who doesn’t enjoy music. It does seem to be a universal human pastime. Tastes in music, of course, can vary widely, and people will often enjoy the sound of some instruments more than others. For me, it’s the cello. Also known as the violoncello, it has…

Caim

Draw a circle around yourself, they say Trace your finger in the air and say a prayer And this is your sanctuary Your protected place Join your body to your soul In supplication to the almighty Let Earth be part of your litany And draw your circle On sacred ground Encompassing all you hold dear…

Potential

Breeze blows softly over a grassy field Dandelion clocks stand ready for departure A sudden sharp gust And the air is filled with potential Hundreds of seeds drift on the currents Hang-gliding in one direction, then another finding new ground, new soil a new home in which to grow to be fruitful, and flower and…

Review “Macbeth” (2015)

This adaptation of Shakespeare’s play stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard as Macbeth and his wife, as well as a solid supporting cast. That being said, I have very mixed feelings about this adaptation. Visually, the film is very striking. Filmed on location in Skye, the wild and bleak Scottish scenery is a perfect fit…

Ghost child

How could we touch you Child of the twilight Skipping through the liminal spaces Slipping through the unreal places Between realities Ghost child Fey child Your unseen hands stroke softly Over our spirits Leaving goosebumps and shivers As if someone walked over our graves What are you Whence came you What do you want But…

The Unicorn Story

Beautiful white horses with an equally white horn in the middle of their foreheads. Creatures out of myth and legend. Benevolent, wise, pure. This is the modern idea of the unicorn, strengthened by many a fantasy film and novel. But what is the origin of the unicorn? Seals from the Indus Valley Civilization (3300-1300 BC)…

Rawgabbit

‘Have you heard the latest? I heard it from Sam who heard it from Jill who heard it from Susan You’ll never believe it but …’ Never found out what I’ll never believe Because I’m not listening And the talker is right, The eavesdropper, the imaginer of scurrilous gossip I won’t believe it Maybe if…

Rebirth

The trees parade across the hill And down into the valley, til They meet the river, there they slow And bow their greeting to the flow The river serenades the sky And dancing dragonflies go by The peaceful hum of sleepy bees While bright-winged birds sing in the trees In the fields the flowers dream…