Negative spaces

We never pay attention to the negative spaces the gaps between things that form the backdrop to all we hold dear We go from one experience to the next and don’t stop to examine the bits in between I wonder how much we miss because negative space is context So if we look If we…

Standing Stones

Guardians of the sacred dead Grey sentinels of places beyond life they stand contemplating the past and marking the processional way for those who would observe the passing of the seasons and the years and remember what came before Connection to the ancestors Connection to the descendants They are place-markers for history Stand with the…

Duende

When you hear that song that reminds you of something you don’t quite remember but you feel a melancholy longing for the intangible When you listen to music that fills you with joy so great you feel as if you might burst with happiness Reading a poem that tears deep into your soul stabbing to…

The Woods of Memory

The woods of memory are littered with the detritus of myriad moments The flotsam and jetsam of a life strewn along every path A small cloth elephant sits on a log bright pink, beautifully embroidered opening a path to a long trip through many countries the child’s remembrances are vague now and the path is…

Empty people

All around are empty people trudging through the empty streets focused on their empty business march in step to empty beats of should and ought and how it’s done and every other empty word devoid of meaning, empty echoes empty sounds that go unheard Empty heads that long for filling Empty hearts that want to…

Disease of darkness

It started small, with forgetfulness happens to everyone But more and more, and a few lies to cover the error. It wasn’t me, I’m not to blame Everyone else is wrong but not me Gathering momentum, the gaps in her mind becoming gaping chasms Facts, conversations then memories, then people all drained away into that…

The Magpie sings

Bitonal bird sits on a fence preens sleek black and white feathers Magpie chorus heralds the close of the day sun going down and the changing of the guard Day shift of birds and all the sunlight creatures return to their nests while the night dwellers emerge Possums get restive run across the roof tops…

We are all one

The Creator sketches, paints, moulds and creates electrons and neutrons and protons in infinite combination Star and space, light and dark, Water and earth and sky Vegetable and animal At our core, we are all one The whole is greater than the sum of its parts Colour and beauty and passion Heart and mind and…

Avalanche

It happened again A man is killed by the authorities one of many, latest in a long and shameful line Arrested for a minor offence killed for the colour of his skin and finally the people have had enough. It starts and swells like an avalanche gathering momentum as it sweeps down a mountain sometimes…

On Silent Wings

Silent wings sail the night skies Seeing all, hearing all, understanding all Angel of death, monarch of the night Harbinger of battle, lady of the moon Spirit of wisdom and understanding laying bear all mysteries, bringing darkness into light Guiding us to see beneath the surface behind the masks, under the skin Great owl flies…