"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)

Saturday, December 9, 2017

FREE DELIVERY VIA AMAZON AUSTRALIA


Now that Amazon has opened in Australia, there's free delivery on all my books for Australian readers.  Check it out here.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

WITHERED


Summer seasons
Bring back old lesions
And dubious reasoning.
It gets so humid,

It’s so hard to sleep,
Regrets theme dreary dreams.
The last of the blossoms

On jacaranda branches
Recall withered chances -
Countless changes in midstream.

Yet nothing stays the same
While the heat rolls in
And the afternoon promises
The pounding of pouring rain
That washes regret’s reminders
From the ponderous air
But fails to wipe away guilt
In the daylight saved for despair.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

"IS THE WOMAN A RISK?"

Introducing Melchior, a central character in David Morisset’s dystopian novel, ‘The New Settlement’ … available from most online book retailers including here and here and here

It was almost dusk and the shadows of the two men stretched many metres in front of them.  Their tailored charcoal suits and matching fedora hats seemed out of place in the seaside setting.
Melchior preferred to discuss sensitive matters in the open air away from prying technology and other potential eavesdroppers.  A walk along the beach was perfect on a cool day.  The sea talked and talked with itself as the waves massaged the wet sand.  Squawking birds filled any temporary silences.
Tall and slim, Melchior looked slightly younger than his alleged 70 years.  His face was thin, bordering on emaciated.  He had oversized dark eyes and always appeared to be looking over the prominent bridge of his aquiline nose.  This idiosyncrasy was a byproduct of Melchior’s habit of tilting his head back to find the sweet spots of his black-rimmed multifocal eyeglasses.  His platinum hair was surprisingly thick and he was clean-shaven except for a carefully trimmed dappled grey and white moustache that presented as if it was a series of milky smears across the edge of his thin upper lip.  He seldom if ever smiled and nobody had ever heard him laugh.
“Tell me, is the woman a risk?”  As he spoke, Melchior removed his glasses and studied one lens as if he suspected a flaw.  His eyes twinkled slightly as he peered into the transparency.
“His mother?  Of course not.”
“Not his mother.  The one that he left near the old capital.  Tell me, what was her name?”



Wednesday, May 31, 2017

GRANDFATHERED

It was always there
Above the kitchen cupboards
That decked the walls.
It dwarfed silly china
Ducks or swans
That I cannot remember now.

A bottle of Black and White –
Two little Scotchie dogs
That enchanted me,
And they still do.

It was half full,
That’s how it seemed to me.

Half empty my grandmother said.
It was your grandfather’s tipple,
So it’s probably cold tea.
He’d surely have drained it
And disguised his crime.
Anyway, he’s not here to confess.

I was so small.
I could not reach it.
I’m still trying to climb
High enough to enjoy it.


Saturday, May 13, 2017

POSTSCRIPTS

Up at five,
Barely alive,
Dangerous drive,
If I can park I'll survive
Another day,
Striving for pay.

My skin cancer scars
Often help my mind 
Remember sequences of events -
Like ancient texts
Curated by the blind,
Penned on parchment,
Once pristine,
In past tense.

I am sick of paddling in the shorebreak.
If only I was swimming way out there -
Beyond burbling white crests of wild waves' sets,
Where sea and sky blush in the sunset's glare.