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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Friday, September 30, 2011

Power of Red


A little red walking Dromana beach

The Thursday Think Tank #68 ~ Red

In some cool, blue worlds
Just one small teardrop of red
Keeps a heart beating



The Thursday Think Tank is hosted by Poets United

Clouds on the March


Bulbous clouds marching into Dromana

Parade of white clouds
An army of gentle fists
Making decisions


Hosted by Sandy Wren Sylvia


Haiku Heights is hosted by Leo

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Height of Haiku Challenge ~ Rhythm


When the car is parked in the rain and you are sitting inside the car, it is amazing to see how rain rhythms constantly re-create the regular shapes and colours outside.
Here, the red car looks as if it is suffering ongoing battering and the front of the mall behind looks like a passing wave!
Then there is the overall misty effect!

Height of Haiku Challenge
Haiku Heights #87 ~ Rhythm

Changed shapes and colours
Rain rhythm on a windshield
Re-shapes outside worlds


Haiku Heights is hosted by Leo

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

White Spray


So much white spray from the tumbling waves at Rye Back Beach, Mornington Peninsula

Where waves rock and roll
Boundless water energy
Fountains of white mist


Wednesday Whites is hosted by Raya

Height of Haiku Challenge ~ Charm


Waters roll in at Rye Back Beach on Westernport Bay.

Height of Haiku Challenge
Haiku Heights #86 ~ Charm
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Watery Wednesday

Magical drama
Charm of dancing blue waters
Powers of the sea


Hosted by 2sweetnsaxy aka T. Bruce


Haiku Heights is hosted by Leo

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Height of Haiku Challenge ~ Poise


An older couple leaving the Dromana Hub carpark

Height of Haiku Challenge
Haiku Heights #85 ~ Poise
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Ruby Tuesday

An older couple
Wandering with crumpled poise
Yet sweet dignity


Hosted by maryt/the teach @ Work of the Poet


Haiku Heights is hosted by Leo


Monday, September 26, 2011

Height of Haiku Challenge ~ Phoenix


Phoenix Rising is a special company offering bike rides round the Mornington Peninsula and Melbourne.
You can just see the name on the left side of the car.
My first post on this group 29.09.08 is HERE!

Height of Haiku Challenge
Haiku Heights #84 ~ Phoenix
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Mellow Yellow Monday

My bikey spirit
Being free to ride the winds
A phoenix rising




Haiku Heights is hosted by Leo

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Hosted by Drowsey Monkey

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Empty Matchbox


Poetics ~ Say It Again, Sam

He walks so low in naked woes
The moonlight films his desperate way
The trees are armed with thorny bows

The wind of fears so softly blows
The sounds of midnight crimp his day
He walks so low in naked woes

His yesterdays were jewelled glows
The sounds of dreams seemed here to stay
The trees are armed with thorny bows.

The creeping hush of winter snows
Blue summer now will turn to grey
He walks so low in naked woes.

The creeping hush of gutted rose
Our summer boat becomes my sleigh
The trees are armed with thorny bows.

No more the joy of market shows
His little matchgirl whisked away
He walks so low in naked woes
The trees are armed with thorny bows.


Sea Horse Lair


Shadows play round the sea horse lair at Dromana beach

Shadow Shot Sunday #175
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Height of Haiku Challenge
Haiku Heights #83 ~ Poet's Choice

Just another beach
But mind the little sea horse
Guarding his treasures


P.S. This is actually just a boatshed on Dromana beach, but don't tell the sea horse!


Hosted by Tracy @ Hey Harriet


Haiku Heights is hosted by Leo

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Height of Haiku Challenge ~ Lost


A young girl alone near Dromana beach seems all wrapped in her own almost spring world!

Height of Haiku Challenge
Haiku Heights #82 ~ Lost

Seeming quite lonely
Seeming lost in her own world
Perhaps she is found


Haiku Heights is hosted by Leo

Friday, September 23, 2011

Height of Haiku Challenge ~ Water


Port Phillip Bay waters and skies in my Dromana Spring world

Height of Haiku Challenge
Haiku Heights #81 ~ Water
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SkyWatch Friday

As blue as the sky
Nature manipulates water
As rough as the wind


Hosted by Sandy Wren Sylvia


Haiku Heights is hosted by Leo

Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Pillars of the Earth ~ Poetic Review



Twelfth century England...
Baudy confusions and
Debauched hangings and
Wars
Stage the rise of
Kingsbridge cathedral

William thwarts peace with greed
King Stephen barely rules
Maud is a an intimidating shadow
And King Henry keeps royalty firing

But

Prior Philip finds his identity
And his purpose
Tom leaves a legacy beyond his dreams
Ellen of the forest and Aliena of the castle
Colour the medieval world with
A "no nonsense" female voice
And Jack builds a bridge with
European fashion

Finally
William thwarts William when
Thomas Beckett becomes
A martyr
A hero

The final sign that
Building pillars on earth
Can only be
A beginning...

Blue on Blue


Fall/Spring Photo Challenge 2011
Write a poem to the photo Blue on Blue no longer than thirty lines then submit your piece to theriverpaper@gmail.com with Photo Challenge in the subject no later than September 25, 2011. The winner will be announced in Issue 15 on September 30, 2011.

Palette of blues...

Blue skies paint
Earths in
Whispers of
Blue
Mirrors

Memories
Reflecting in
Blue
Misty
Veils

A still
Treasured
Moment
Drifts into
The yearning beauty of
Blue melancholy

Dreams of
The soul
Set free

To sing...

The blues
Sing...



Height of Haiku Challenge ~ Bullseye


A flower by Dromana beach seemed to capture the shine of the sun!

Height of Haiku Challenge
Haiku Heights #80 ~ Bullseye

Light on Spring's petals
More than sunny enchantment
Gold meets gold bullseye


Haiku Heights is hosted by Leo

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Icy Drops


A moment of hail on my verandah in recent days

Watery Wednesday
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Height of Haiku Challenge
Haiku Heights #79~ Bubbles


Icy drops of hail
Like spotting silvered bubbles
Sharp melting beauty


Hosted by 2sweetnsaxy aka T. Bruce


Haiku Heights is hosted by Leo

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Height of Haiku Challenge ~ Feather


Height of Haiku Challenge
Haiku Heights #78 ~ Feather

To hold a feather
Like touching a small spirit
Like a sign of life


Haiku Heights is hosted by Leo

Monday, September 19, 2011

Height of Haiku Challenge ~ Bold


Old piano at the heritage property of Coolart, Balnarring

Height of Haiku Challenge
Haiku Heights #77 ~ Bold

Yesterday's bold stand
The piano lid is closed
But the music plays


Haiku Heights is hosted by Leo

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Trai_n_n_n_n_n_n_n_n_s


Poetics – Trai_n_n_n_n_n_n_n_n_s

It was a steam train
Sweet steam scents hustled round the carriages in the early evening light

Inside
The stiff pews vinyled in deep greens or matt black
Waited for patience to deal with them on the long journey

Our long journey was from Sydney and west to the Blue Mountains
To the gateway of the Blue Mountains
Springwood

I don't remember much about the journey
(I was just a very young child)
But the swaying motion gave me
A fickle calmness
A peace
I hadn't felt in days

Finally
We reached a station that loomed
With blaring lights
From the dark of darkness

Light flashed across my mother's face
It was marbled
Cold

Her hat
Her black
Sweeping hat
Crushed all sense
That this was my mother
Taking me on some adventure

There was just the feeling
That we were boxed here
Carted to an Auntie's home
(An auntie I had never met)

And somehow
This Auntie would
Soothe some balm
And somehow
The recent death of my father
Would be
All right



Beauty Before Chaos


My climbing, crazy bean plant begins its tortuous journey with some pretty Spring flowers.
Here it is climbing round my verandah!
I have taken the photo on an unusual angle to enhance the shadows!

Shadow Shot Sunday #174
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Height of Haiku Challenge
Haiku Heights #76 ~ Poet's Choice

The bean plant journey
Living sweet and sour dining
Like calm before storm


Hosted by Tracy @ Hey Harriet


Haiku Heights is hosted by Leo

CALENDAR

Tasmania

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A place of beauty in the Western Tiers

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Tasmania
View near Blackwood Park Cottages, Mole Creek

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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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