I know, I know! Another month has passed, my first blog for the month has finally arrived! It has been a busy one, and coming up to Christmas too, wonderful, I love this time of year. Only one more week before an Aussie summer begins, spring has well and truly set in, rain has ceased! I haven’t taken photos, or written too much this month; this is the first time I have had time to stop and reflect. I am rehashing a much loved photo of an orb spider in her web (Charlotte perhaps) for this new poem I have just finished. It took a while this time; generally I can write poetry very quickly. My mind has been bombarded with work, life and a new grandson. I still struggle with the fact that I am 48 next week and a grandmother, and our grandson is turning one years old next week too! We are off to Melbourne for his birthday party next weekend; a long way to go for a weekend, but worth the trip. Being in Perth, Western Australia has some minor downfalls; we are the most remote city in the world. If a band comes to Perth from the USA or UK, it is a big deal, although it is less of a problem now. It is just so far to come from the Eastern States…. I love the remoteness most times though. The long drives to the country, the clean city, less traffic than Melbourne and Sydney, and more bush land left for wilderness. Here is my well overdue poem, I hope all enjoy!
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G’day all! It has been a while, a month to be precise, since I have posted anything! It has been raining madly here in Western Australia. This is rather unusual for us this time of year; though unseasonable weather is becoming the norm, with global warming and the destruction of our intricate ecosystem, mining land and ocean…. etc. We know it all, yet still seem almost deliberately unaware. We went to the beach for our regular walk; Paul took some lovely shots before the rain set in again. Is it spring here? Fragile, chaotic…. Life! Have a lovely day!
I have been writing quite a bit lately, but have not found any photographs to use. This weekend will hopefully be full of photographic adventures, although it will be raining with gusto here, we are experiencing spring storms. These are very unseasonable; leading me to believe more strongly that we are predominantly unconsciously slowly transgressing our planet, and it is kicking up a stink (deservedly)!
Once again, my husband Paul took this wonderful, thought provoking photograph, leading me to write this haiku poem. I really love haiku poetry. It is succinct, therefore promoting depth.
I wrote this poem back in 2000. It is tongue in cheek humour, that I carry with me readily…. I believe we need to have a good old laugh at ourselves sometimes; particularly when feeling sorry for oneself for very little reason! I do it regularly, and go back to this poem for regular visits, to give myself a good kick in the pants! This photo I took of the pelican at Monkey Mia about six months ago seems rather apt! He or she was rather stroppy with me for getting a little too close, and pretty much chucked a sad at me! I found it rather hilarious, to say the least!
I chose this photograph I took in Patuet in 2009 to create a poem! I have not really considered writing something to a photograph before; generally choosing a photo from our large photographic library to match something I have already written! it was rather interesting; I guess like a painter sitting in a beautiful setting, waiting for inspiration. It was challenging at first, but once the words began to flow, the well was no longer dry!
I wrote this poem yesterday. Yet again, I found an apt photograph a fellow team member took in South Sudan. Russell Turner and his son took wheelchairs with us on the first trip. The fellow in the chair is an elderly chief, in his 90′s, which is rather old in South Sudan. I love the people, they are so tall and proud. I really do love these folks, and their culture.
I wrote this poem back in 2000. As I had said in an earlier post; I have been going through my journals of past poetry; it has been rather interesting watching my writing techniques change and develop over time. It has been a lovely day, sunny and warm. Only one more week until winter is over here in Australia, then spring (my favourite season, followed close by summer). I am not a wintry person; some like to rug up, I like barefoot or sandals and wearing dresses, shorts and happy clothes! Western Australia also has the best wildflower show of all time! Go bush, and the amazing array of native flora and the display of colour is majestic! I have been outside to take some photos of the cloudy sky, rain is coming tomorrow. I thought I’d put this old poem to one of these photos.