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Big Yellow Taxis

Big Yellow Taxi


leather smells

soft skin

water repellant

I sink in


off we go

the television

leads the way

it’s OK


I am safe


in my big

yellow couch.


Frances Macaulay Forde © 2003

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The Surgeon’s Photo

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Intro:  My sister-in-law is an amazing photographer and writes a blog about Perth and its beaches.  This photo of hers caught my poetic eye.  



The Surgeon’s Photo


Like a summer’s day Nessie in her deepest loch

with itinerant Hugh Gray's camera watching on shore,

she bows her head to honour the sparkling blue

and danc...

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Numero Uno

Numero Uno


Do you think those

who always insist

on entering first


open doors for

others - offer help

when it isn’t needed


or ever look back,

except to bask

in their own reflection?



Frances Macaulay Forde © 2003

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Sky Dancer

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Sky Dancer

On a high wire she balances with

strong legs - a sturdy foundation.

Big toes grip the metal string

feeling her way along the fine line.

In moments of uncertainty, legs shake

as balance compromised, waving

steady arms straight out, knowing if

she fails, the safety net will wrap secure.

Sky Dancer isn’t scared of the landing,

she’s terrified of the fall...


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I swapped four solid walls for the Big Top

tent, seduced by the Ring Master’s red coat.

His smile dazzled my eyes, silver tongue

promised to transport my heart & soul

so I grabbed his hook, was lifted high above

the crowd, posed with one leg bent, foot

thrust forward full of confidence – secure,

instead of carefully climbing to the platform.

The ascent is slow, m...

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All The Pretty Ones Are ExhibArt Is The SparkARTIST:Jessica McCallumFMFPoemRingmasterTrapeze

"These single socks seem to think I have nothing better to do than run a dating agency for them."



A colourful


a well-heeled

single, looking

for a match,

with similar need.


Frances Macaulay Forde © 2015



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‘Every revolution needs a soundtrack.’

‘Every revolution needs a soundtrack.’


Sugar Man, America rejected you, six copies sold or so.

Fame laughed and left as your dreams shattered, playing

face-hidden, back-turned, in down-town bars and discos.

Just one of the six carried your voice to free our country.


Searching, it took a fan to reveal your struggle - hard days!

Once we taste your passion, ingest the word...

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Cyclone Love

Cyclone Love


Welcome or not,

uninvited you came

to have your way.


Clearing a path

for your arrival,

making sure all

knew you intended

to make an impression 

- one not easily forgotten.


Lucinda doesn’t

want to meet Yasi.


She knows he will

strip her naked

knock her down flat 

suck all her power

then drown her in his wake.



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