"He was brought up in a house of women/ in a city of heat that gave its children/ faith in the fable of coral and fish/ told them the world was something to miss." grant mclennan

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A year ago the hill was afire,
The shout of voices, cry of stock,
Was screaming leaves, the moon
turned red,
Was day, was war, the hill was fire.

Ray Mathew

(GRANT MCLENNANUnkind and Unwise, from the 1984 album Spring Hill Fair)

FOTO –STOKERS SIDING HALL FEB 2009

beaten severely with a foot long twenty pound frozen fruit lolly. Tom Barker Joondalup, Australia 2005

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Jean Ringland

My Father’s Hat

We children learned to understand hat messages;
a jaunty angle brought lollies in the pockets
and laughter at the table, brow lower – serious times,
a need for long discussions before homework and bed.
Lower still – late home, the stumble in the hall
and my mother, frozen faced, serving the meal
in silence, while little ones, bewildered,
dared not drop a spoon or spill their milk.

http://www.dangerouslypoetic.com/poetry

foto – COLES SHELVES

The new broom sweeps clean but the old broom knows the corners. Old Barbadian Proverb

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“Any city however small, is in fact divided into two, one the city of the poor, the other of the rich. These are at war with one another.”

Plato (BC 427-BC 347) Greek philosopher.

FOTO -UNITING CHURCH BRISBANE ANN STREET 2008

The wonder is that we can see these trees and not wonder more. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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But the world is still here
I’m pleased to say
and the sun is waist-deep in water now
I can hear it sizzle
Or it might just be the wind
hissing through palm trees
or some other sound, some other
California static

HAUNTING SANTA BARBARA
Copyright Michael Stephens

http://www.artvilla.com/plt/5.htm

FOTO – PALM TREES IN BILAMBIL 2009

“When one realizes that his life is worthless he either commits suicide or travels.” Edward Dahlberg

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“If you want to travel fast, travel alone. If you want to travel far, travel together. If you want to travel in comfort, fake an ankle sprain and convince the other travelers to carry you.”
Ashanti

FOTO –  BLACK WOLF BLADERUNNER SUITCASE ON WHEELS. LYNNE’S PASSION.