Category Archives: BURNING ISSUES

No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace, As I have seen in one autumnal face. John Donne.

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FRUIT IN SEASON 3: IN AUTUMN I TAKE UP MY KNIFE

The view from the kitchen sink takes in the garden,
the fence, the tall trees in the valley, the children shouting
and crying, the feijoa tree, shedding its fruit,
like large green tears, or bullets big as a human heart.
Each swipe of the dish-sponge is anger or regret,
choices have consequences, consequences constrict
to the tightness of skin on a fruit, this feijoa
I slice into, savagely, and stop. Pineapple-scented.
The soft, fragrant jelly within.

© 2009, Miriam Wei Wei Lo

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What fear of the fire has pure gold ?

"Bannú: Or Our Afghan Frontier"

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Some people change when they see the light, others when they feelthe heat. Caroline Schroeder.

http://wisdom.mondocolorado.org/random/quotes26.htm

foto – smoke over dorrigo ranges

It is an honour for a man to keep aloof from strife, but every fool will be quarrelling. Prov 20:3

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http://friendlystreetpoets.org.au/

POSSUMS

Once I set traps,

but they’re far too clever,

keeping just out of reach of my pen.

And if I had caught them

where would I dare let them go?

Not on a genteel suburban street,

these wild and jealous shadows.

So I shut up the ceiling for good.

Now we will never escape.

Jeri Kroll

FRIENDLY STREET POETS

foto – raleigh water park and international raceway 2010 april

He has but sorry food that feeds upon the faults of others.

"English proverbs and proverbial phrases"

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Cha deinee rieau yn soogh y shang.


"The greedy will never feel for the hungry."

http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/celt/fim/fim13.htm

FOTO-THE MOB’S DINNER AT BILAMBIL

Big churches, little saints. German.

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ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING:

God answers sharp and sudden on some prayers,
And thrusts the thing we have prayed for in our face,
A gauntlet with a gift in it.

foto- anglican cathedral church grafton july 09

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NORTHERN BELLES A CALENDAR

A good fire can accommodate a large circle. Hislop.

Chinese. True gold fears not the fire.

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POORLY sits, richly warms.

Spoken when people sit on a low stool by the fire. Kelly.

The poor seat makes the rich warming. Gaelic.

The lowest seat is nearest the fire. Irish.

Lowly sit, richly warm.

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People who are in a hurry are already dead.

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“I may not be better than other people, but at least I’m different.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Yes. Feet on earth. Knock on wood. Touch stone. Good luck to all. Desert Solitaire. EDWARD ABBEY.

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But stark within my memory
I see it once again
When we all looked at it anxiously
Days when we hoped for rain;
I hear the hollow sounds it made,
Like some prophetic drum,
As I tapped rung on rung, afraid
Of dreadful days to come,

 

Our Corrugated Iron Tank by James Hackston

FOTO  – 2/3 PIONEER IN WESTERN DESERT WWII

A light heart lives long. Irish Proverb.

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The hero is the one who kindles a great light in the world, who sets up blazing torches in the dark streets of life for men to see by.  The saint is the man who walks through the dark paths of the world, himself a light. Felix Adler

FOTO – BILAMBIL COTTAGE 2007