THE MEANING OF AUTUMN

AUTUMN whispers the tones of yesterday in a minor key ~ Gemma Wiseman

AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes

AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes
I love a sunburnt country / A land of sweeping plains / Of ragged mountain ranges / Of droughts and flooding rains / I love her far horizons / I love her jewel-sea / Her beauty and her terror / The wide brown land for me / ~ Dorothea Mackellar (1885-1968)

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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Let There Be Beauty


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Flowers in various stages of beauty ~ Dromana, Mornington Peninsula
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Today's Flowers meme #17
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Wondrous soft petals
Cupped like layered crucibles
Plaintive begging bowls

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Some fading beauty
Curled like forgotten prayers
Please remember me
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Scenic Dessert


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Morning lights over the waters at Dromana, Mornington Peninsula
(Last week was one version. Here is another!)
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Scenic Sunday prompt #20
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Aisha is our delightful host of the weekly meme Scenic Sunday
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Fairy floss cloud lands
Streaked with festive icecream tones
A hint of blueberry lace
Simping innocently on
Silvery pastry
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A flash of iced lightning
Cosetted by
A little
Coy
Apple crumble
Graced with
One
Lone
Dark
Candle
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Green Guards


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Lovely variety of greens along the Dromana coastal walkway, Mornington Peninsula
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Emerald Sundays meme #10
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Many shades of green
Gathering in splendour
Proud guard of honour
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Royal Shadows


Shadow Shot Sunday meme #28 ~ Tracey, our Hey Harriet from Brisbane, Australia hosts this delightful meme.
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Shaded lattice spokes
Crowned with shaded diamond whorls
Crossed shades in waiting
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Welcoming Temptation


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Open farm gate at Red Hill, Mornington Peninsula
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One Single Impression prompt #40 ~ Welcoming
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Wide open gateway
Long winding drive through beauty
Welcoming magic
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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Open Air Gallery


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ William Ricketts sculpture at Arthurs Seat, Mornington Peninsula
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Poefusion Friday 5 ~ sculpture + gesso + plain + woozy + jumble
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A jumble of rocks
Plain rocks cast as a rough wall
Open gallery
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Haunting old sculpture
Perhaps wrought once in gesso
Now weathered by time
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Pocked peeling colours
Woozy cracks like white lightning
But the eyes live on
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Pic by Gemma Wiseamn ~ In another light, the same face seems to have a quite different expression
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Nearby information
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Poepelganger


Pic by Gemma Wiseman~ A loved part of me who has travelled many journeys with me
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Poefusion Tuesday title ~ Create a poem from the title word Poepelganger.

Who's your poet alter ego?
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For me, I am haunted by T.S.Eliot's gift of sunlight on a broken column, the revolutionary mind of William Blake and the sense of namaste I feel with Emily Dickinson.
All three are My Trinity, My Poepelganger.
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This black body
This black face are
Just a cloud
Waiting to be free
Just like
A white body and
A white face are
Just clouds
Needing freedom
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Some are dedicated to
Revisions and revisions
Some measure out life with
Coffee spoons
And some
Come and go
Chatting of
(Maybe to)
Michelangelo
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Do I dare disturb
The tapestries of paradise
Woven with
Many threads?
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Table Wisdom


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Small tiled table
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Inspire Me Thursday ~ Table
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Select a table
Tiled with abstract designs
Random textures
Earthy colours
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A hint of midnight
Paints a balanced framework
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Bring to the table
A skein of dried memories
Potted or
Loosely gathered
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Let it all bask in
A little sunlight
Reflection
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But keep your eye on
The smiling soul
The divine essence
Quietly
Softly
Scattering
The shadows
Below
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Wheel of Divine Mystery


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Believe it or not it is Spring in Australia. But some trees in Dromana, Mornington Peninsula are totally unaware of new seasons and new skies.
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Totally Optional Prompts ~ Kyrielle

The distinctive feature of the kyrielle is that it has a refrain - the final line of every stanza is the same. The name comes from the kyrie, a form of prayer in which each section concludes with the same words: "Kyrie eleison", meaning "Lord have mercy upon us". Repeating whole lines within a poem is sometimes known as rime en kyrielle; this phenomenon is found in quite a number of verse forms.

The verse form called the kyrielle is usually written in iambic tetrameters.
~ Guide to Verse Forms
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Grey dome of mystery
Elusive history
I long for wings to fly
It's time to sail new sky
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Seagulls in flight over Dromana
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To fly into the light
Beyond the tears of night
I yearn for dreams on high
It's time to sail new sky
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Pic by Gemma wiseman ~ Seagull walking in the track treads of a surf rake at Dromana
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Show me some marked out way
In shifting sands of day
I need some steady tie
It's time to sail new sky
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Lovely light at Arthurs Seat
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Please bless me with some sign
Some hope of joy divine
I pray new dawns are nigh
It's time to sail new sky
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Gull Banquet


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Feasting on the boat ramp at Anthony's Nose, Mornington Peninsula
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Camera Critters meme #34
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman
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Bounty from the sea
Washed with saucy tidal spice
Natural instincts
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman
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Camera Critters

Metal Fantasies


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Metal sculpture at the Enchanted Maze Garden, Arthurs Seat, Mornington Peninsula
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PhotoHunt prompt #138 ~ Metal
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Power and peace signs
Metal ribboned fantasies
Dreams in a garden

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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Metal archway and metal seat ~ alone in an overgrown garden, opposite Seawinds, Arthurs Seat
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Leaves of Many Strands


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Coastal walkway by Dromana beach, Mornington Peninsula
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Weekend Wordsmith #76 ~ Leaves
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Leaves of Spring archway
Rainbow in green monochromes
Emerald City hall
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Walkers of morning
Footprint leaves soft sandy tread
Waits for changing winds
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Vaults of memory
Chamber of echoes and sighs
Like bright Autumn leaves
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Like pale Autumn leaves
Musky leaves of old parchments
Having writ move on
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Friday, November 28, 2008

Musical Identities


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A view from Dromana of Port Phillip Bay, Mornington Peninsula
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Haiku Friday meme ~ hosted by the delightful Christina at A Mommy Story
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Music of dark leaves
Scratching out a melody
Blue beauty plays on
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Mountains of the Sky


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Dark Spring morning skies on the Mornington Peninsula
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Skywatch Friday meme #20
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Light Spring morning skies on the Mornington Peninsula
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman
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Floating mountain peaks
Bubbling crests of energy
Astral pyramids
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman
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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Like Mona Lisa


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Student artwork in an art room
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3WW prompt #CXIII ~ fury + guilt + thankful
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Bars of strident light
Tangle of upturned metals
Slash the photo space
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But it is the eyes
Simmering just off centre
The eyes of fury
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The eyes of fury
Tangle the upturned senses
Wring the photo space
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Some intruding guilt
Captures the senses off guard
Snaps the comfort zone
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Like Mona Lisa
Like Mona Lisa's strange eyes
Watching the watcher
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Thankful for metals
The sharp blare of brazen light
Distracting escapes
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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Like Second-Hand Diamonds


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Sunday afternoon Spring light at Dromana, Mornington Peninsula
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Cafe Writing ~ November/December project ~ Jewels
Option Three: Poetry

Let us not be too particular. It is better to have old second-hand diamonds than none at all.
~Mark Twain

Using the quotation above as your inspiration, write a poem (any form is fine) about second-hand diamonds.
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Restless waters
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Tumbling whirls of cloudy thoughts
Steady linear wings
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Lights on restless waters
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Folded wings
Grounded in earthy sands
Nonchalantly being
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Trembling lights on restless waters
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Feeling a sense of wings
A sense of trembling light on restless waters
Desperately being
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Like second-hand diamonds
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S is for Shadow


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Shadows on my verandah
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ABC Wednesday Round 3 ~ S is for Shadow
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman
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Abstract shadowlands
Where dark life upturns the light
Shapely spectral wells
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman
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Archive of Blog Quotes

  • A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken. ~James Dent
  • Autumn is an introspective season when stray thoughts of the mind dive into the mystique of the soul - Gemma Wiseman
  • Autumn is the bridesmaid of Summer and the flowergirl of Winter ~ Gemma Wiseman
  • Autumn whispers the tones of yesterday in a minor key ~ Gemma Wiseman
  • Love is born / With a dark and troubled face, / When hope is dead / And in the most unlikely place; / Love is born, / Love is always born. - Michael Leunig's Christmas Song Cycle "Southern Star"
  • Spring paints the stars of heaven in Earth colours ~ Gemma Wiseman
  • Summer sizzles with a sibilant hush / Broken by dreams of / Clinking ice ~ Gemma Wiseman
  • The object of a new year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul. - G.K. Chesterton
  • Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all. - Stanley Horowitz
  • Winter is the fire, simmering lonely in the soul ~ Gemma Wiseman
  • Winter is the shadow, the etching of the seasons in the mist ~ Gemma Wiseman

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