"We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started
and know the place for the first time." (T S Eliot)
"A dark and chanted verse is what I am." (
Forough Farrokhzad)

Sunday, November 29, 2015


David Morisset's 'Unseen Poetry' collection is available at Amazon, Kindle, iBooks, Smashwords and other book sellers.   The poems explore the natural beauty of Australia's east coast, mental health issues, love and politics.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


The hours dry out
Like used newspaper caps
Worn in the field
At school cricket matches
To keep the cancerous sun
From scorching skin,
While we politely clapped
Captains’ catches.
The days don’t come alive
‘Til after five,
As the phrase ‘close of business’
Slaps slack wrists,
And daylight saving lies
About the time.
Plaintiffs swear,
Thumping tables with clenched fists.
It comes like all torture –
Unexpected –
Bold black type
Staining the in-box column –
Announcing deadlines
No one else will heed.
It puts the defendant off,
Makes him numb.
For now the night’s trickery is thus set;
Only advocates eat, rest, and forget.

Monday, November 23, 2015


Australian readers can now buy Mariam Shirazi's and David Morisset's novel, 'Somayyeh', at Fishpond.com.au (with FREE shipping).  For further details simply click here.

Set in modern Iran, the story of 'Somayyeh' was assembled for people seeking a better understanding of Muslim perspectives and their implications for the West.  Because it unfolds as biographical novel the narrative does not preach about the rights and wrongs of Islam.  Instead it explores the impact of the religion on life in general and on the character of Somayyeh in particular.  The work was designed to attract not only readers interested in Islamic culture but also those concerned about women’s rights.  

One of the book's readers described 'Somayyeh' as "real page turner."  She added that "it has brought out many emotions but mainly anger.  It makes me appreciate how lucky women in the West and particularly Australian women are".  Her final observation was that Somayyeh was "so brave and overcame so much."

Another reader said, "I really enjoyed this book [and] it left me wanting to know more about the next stage of Somayyeh’s life."  She also remarked, "I am a fan of David Morisset’s descriptions.  He is definitely a poet of the beauty of the natural world. The chapter in Ramsar is alive and I can see his hand in this.  Chapter XVIII was interesting for me because I am fascinated by the history of Iran."

Saturday, November 14, 2015


All I want is a chance
At a better life,
I need refuge from evil men
Who oppress me and my wife.
All I want is my child's equal share
Of the riches you worked for,
That your fathers died for,
An equal portion, no more.
All I want is more for me
And more than you gave
When you took me in,
For it is more and more I crave.
All I want is to live in the ways
I left behind in my homeland,
But all of you racists
Claim this is your own land.
All I want is the death
Of you who oppose my god,
And I want what I once fled;
Why does that seem so odd?

Explanatory note:  This blog post is a poem.  It is not a news report and it is not a statement of opinion.  Rather it is an expression of bewilderment that seeks to highlight everyone’s vulnerability to manipulation by forces and events beyond our comprehension.  And, by the way, in my opinion, the agents of terror in our world are not all Muslims.

Friday, November 13, 2015


When I gave in to sleep,
And dreams, last night,
I had not expected
To rest with you;
And yet you were there,
Head on my shoulder,
Us, cuddled up,
Your hair black, almost blue.
You were not the young woman
I once knew -
Rages of age
Around your dark brown eyes,
Circles of sad defeat
That begged kisses -
And yet your beauty could still shock,
First I was shy,
Wishing for a disguise,
Much as I'd been back then
In paradise,
Then I heard your confession
From your mouth,
Your voice no longer laughing,
But so wise.
Then, ecstatic, I woke,
Reached out for you,
But you are in your grave,
And I am too.

Sunday, November 8, 2015


A Holiday Reading Edition of Mariam Shirazi's and David Morisset's collaborative novel, 'Somayyeh', is now available through Amazon and CreateSpace.  This edition is complete and unabridged but it adopts a smaller book size and slightly finer print to make it ideal for reading on a beach, on a boat, on an airplane, or anywhere else in vacation mode.

'Somayyeh' is part family saga and part biographical novel.  It explores the life of of a beautiful and determined young woman and her quest for love, freedom and happiness in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Her tale not only inspires but it also highlights issues arising from the suppression of women's rights and the application of Sharia law in today's Iran.

The Amazon listing can be found here.

The CreateSpace listing can be found here.