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Two Women

Two women

 

Two women

Both nurses

Who know that while at work

They must joke— rather than cry

As a way to cope 

With the chaos

That is their normal day to day 

 

They will talk

Superficially

About plans for the weekend

The weather

And complement each other’s outfits

 

They are positive encounters

Warm and kind

Congenial

But not with any dept...

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Mend me

Mend me

 

You’re looking for an answer

Someone to fill that gap

Someone who loves you

Who won’t treat you like crap

 

And I want it too

Don’t we all

Someone who truly adores us

Despite our baggage and flaws

 

You said ‘you don’t have the best of me’

And I sadly agree

But I can’t fix you

We need to do that mending ourselves

Can’t you see?

 

So t...

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Covid Blues

Covid Blues

 

No hugging

No handshakes

Keep your distance

Essential visits only

No more than a group of two

 

Elbow tap

Foot tab

For the COVID blues

Then chuck your shirt in the wash

And disinfect your shoes

 

Shelves in shops

Are empty of toilet paper and pasta

Copycats panicked by apocalyptic mania

Buy in excess— and do it faster and faster

 

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So she let the rain set in

So she let the rain set in

 

Alas

When we had nearly given in

Mother nature

Decided she could absolve us from our sins…

So she let the rain set in

 

Her eyes did not water lightly

Instead— she wept a river

She gave us more than we deserved

More than what we thought—she could deliver

 

Everlasting daisies and orchids emerged

In abundance— on the once bone-d...

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Fire

Fire

 

Fire.

An element that was historically used for warmth

 To cook food

And for protection

 

And now—  our primal instincts are still drawn to the flames

Campfires provide a haven (on our terms)

 Where we can sit together—and feel a strong connection

 

 

In Australia, we have natural fire

That we usually accept and manage

But this time was different

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Cosmetic Colouration

Cosmetic Colouration

I try to show to you my prettiest feathers

I cock my head up

Can’t you see my confidence

That I’m desperate to portray?

 

I’m trying to catch your attention 

Trying to appear utterly desirable

Yet despite my best attempts

You still won’t look this way

 

No longer relaxed

Feeling inadequate

And thereforeacting quite grandiose

 

This...

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The Ring

The Ring

  

No one forced me to be here

And yet— here I am

Time—and time—again

Constantly covered in bruises

Abrasions

Recovering from a broken nose

But— I still want to be here

 

‘Relax your shoulders’

The coach directs

I’m not even aware

That my arms are tense

 

Getting in to the ring

Not giving up

Fighting back

Respecting one’s opponent

C...

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Beep! Beep! Cheap! Cheap!

Beep! Beep! Cheap! Cheap!

 

‘Next please’

The woman smiles

But I’m one step ahead

On the other side

Bags open

One hand looped through the handle

The other on the counter

 

We clock eyes

I submit a creak of a smile back

But I need to stay focused

The race is on

That woman lifting my can of tuna

Is also rearing to go

 

It wasn’t easy — you know

F...

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Goodbye, dear friend

Goodbye, dear friend

 

As adults we adventured in to the sea

 

Clumsy

Intimidated

Determined

And having so much fun

 

No one else was bothered

To learn such a difficult skill

To take the long drive from our town

Just to be in the water fora day

 

But you did

And so

Our journey together moved forward

 

We started in the shallows

And with ti...

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Moments like this

Moments like this 

 

The endless list of things to do

Are finished!

Well, they’re not

They’ve been abandoned —at least for now

 

A chance to breathe 

As we sit in the sun

Drinking tea

This time— is golden and sacred

 

The working week ahead will bring

Routine— responsibilities

Time restrictions 

And stress

 

But right now

We have a chance

To...

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My Ocean Dream

My Ocean Dream

 

Sometimes when life is rough

We cast our mind to a special place

A dream

Where things feel a little more wholesome with a little less edge

 —and things are a little less tough

 

And this is where I go

 

Where the sand meets the sea

Where rugged rich formations are cushioned by giant and lush tropical trees

The sky is blue the sun smiles

An...

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My Sea Change

 

My sea change

 

Out of the bush

And in to the sea

Wondering where belonging— belongs for me

 

From the straight arrow freeway

To a road with a sudden bend

In some ways— it feels like the beginning

In other ways— like it’s the end

 

I tell everyone that where I’m heading 

Involves only a day of driving 

To make it sound easy

Six hundred and sixty six k...

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Dear Human from ‘The Cat’

Dear Human from ‘The Cat’

 

Dear overworked, stressed and tired human, 

Why do you rush around all day?

Your timetable should revolve

Around eating, sleeping, cuddles and play

 

Napping for 12-16 hours a day is ideal

Break it up with a snack

Catch a rat

See how good it feels

 

When it comes to eating

Don’t feel restricted by the diets others suggest

Stick ...

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I choose now

I choose now

 

When I’m well-travelled

When I’m cultured

When I’ve achieved a lot

I’ll look good on paper

And I’ll be on top

 

When I have credentials lots of money

My dream career

A house a husband and

kids…I’ll be set in to gear

 

And until then...

 

I’m trying to tick all the ‘achievement’ boxes now

In hope to better aid myself for down the trac...

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Waiting to Fly

Waiting to fly

 

People run to terminals

As best as they can —while dragging heavy bags

Others sleep

Or are zoned in to their screens and books

Like robots

 

Elevator music playing

Passengers in waiting— tiredly window shopping 

With no clear intent or interest

What time is it?

Doesn’t matter—you are in another country anyway

Hungry?

Not sure

So you buy...

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Put me on the kitchen counter—please!

A woman has needs— you know

It’s not just men—who fantasise about sex

I need some proper loving

To put my body into check

 

I want someone who respects me

Who’ll look deep into my eyes

I want them to understand who I am

And to be smart—and kind

And wise

 

But the latter is hard to find you know

And meanwhile my body aches

So put me on the kitchen counter p...

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Forever Blue

Forever blue

 

Behind a bubble of glass—someone knocks and calls my name

Their voice is muffled

My hearing— dulled from the pain

 

I guess I’m here

But— not really

This melancholie ache

Means I cannot think clearly

 

People move with purpose

Their lives seem so together

While I’m stuck down a dark well

That goes on forever

 

Others say they’ve been t...

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Finding My Way

Finding my way

 

There's a place I need to be

Somewhere I need to go

I need a map—

But the streets are not known

 

As I sit and look— at that fork in the road

Some direction for my needs— is what I yearn

No one else can tell me what I must do

It’s up to me— where— and how I turn

 

I close my eyes

And take a deep breath

Without the chatter— and all the nois...

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Hope

Hope

 

Keeping hope

Is like heading upstream without a paddle

Not knowing where the mouth of the river is

 Yet mentally deciding to find a way to cope

 

Its trusting in whatever the future holds

Without having a crystal ball

Its giving something a go

With the risk that we may fall

 

Hope is believing that the fire won't defeat us

And understanding that healin...

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Homesick

Homesick

 

My heart,

It, yearns— it aches,

Longing— almost begging,

For my other life— far away

 

My loved ones, the mountain, my familiar surroundings

I want to be able to embrace them,

 Take them with me— and never let them go,

 

But it cannot be so

 

The cold winters— back in my town,

That I used to find so hard,

Now just remind me 

Of the old sun...

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My Old Friend

My Old Friend

 

Hello majestic wonder,

My old friend,

Where do you start

 And where do you end?

 

What secrets do you hold?

And what lessons do you have for us all

Young 

And old?

 

A mighty yet nurturing figure

Who grounds us through and through,

When I am fatigued and feeling stuck

I move my gaze upwards to your leaves

Wondering what you would tell...

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My Boy

My Boy

 

When I first saw his beautiful face

I thought my heart would burst

But that feeling of devotion left me panicked

My worries for the future interspersed

 

When I had no one to care for with this intensity

I had nothing to lose

The idea of letting him in and then things not working out

Already had me bruised

 

‘But what if’…

I started

‘He doesn’t bo...

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Into the storm

Into the storm 

 

A storm rumbles

Wild wind through your hair

Sweat and rain pouring down your face

Pushing on without a care

 

Lightening flickers in the grey clouds

Leaves on gum trees blow

No one else is left here

But you know where to go

 

Feet hitting the pebbles

The air slicing your skin

This beauty and intensity

Is a wicked place to be in

 

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My achilles heel

My achilles heel

 

I hardly know you

That’s clear to see

And I haven't the slightest idea  

Of where you stand with me

 

Do you feel this too?

Or am I alone

Trying to act cool

While continuously checking my phone 

 

A shot of beautiful poison 

Hardly sleeping 

Painfully obsessed

Can’t stomach the thought of eating

 

You’ve crippled me here

You ...

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That night

That night

 

Lizzie and I got ready

As we always would

Make up, hair curled, our cute outfits

Trying to look as pretty as we could

 

When we arrived, things were fun

Drinking, chatting, laughing

Flirting

The night had only just begun

 

Weeks ago, we shared some kisses…

And as expected, tonight, I saw you

But no one, including your girlfriend

Had a clue

...

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Go Go Stop

Go Go Stop

 

The engines rev

They rev and rev and rev

The tires are balding

The driver is tired

 

But the engine keeps revving

We must keep going

Don’t listen to your body, take a 'no doz' pill

And keep kicking on

 

Outside, the world is being left behind

Shapes and colours

Blur

As we keep pushing forward

 

Forget that you are tired

No time to ...

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My Church

My church

 

The harsh climate

Yellow grass underfoot

Red rocks

Gumtrees

 

Salt water

Freshwater

Any body of water

Just take me there

 

An orchestra of cicadas

Kookaburras laughing hysterically

Such unique and beautiful surroundings are among us

 

Big cities

Are exciting— beautiful

Rich with culture and history

But they make me tired quickly

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Good Morning Sunshine

Good Morning Sunshine

 

A ray of light

Warms my body and my heart

A daily reminder 

That we are given an opportunity for a fresh start

 

In times of disconnection

When living can feel like hell

The sun gives us the same message

Of kindness and of strength; for us to be well

 

Sun beams wash over us

When the fight is hard

A memoir of a greater presence

L...

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My pagan blood

My pagan blood

 

As the seasons change

I am somewhat overwhelmed

And

Overcome

 

I assumed that everyone felt this this intensely

Around the time of solstice 

 

‘Ah yes’—a friend says to me

‘My mood gets lower when I know that the cold is approaching’

 

Perhaps they do understand

 

Still— I ask further with some hesitation ‘do you feel um.. deeply reflec...

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6 reasons why I can’t sleep with Alexandre

6 reasons why I can’t sleep with Alexandre

 

His dark skin

Those muscles

And tall stature

 

His broken English

Makes conversations strained

But to me— it doesn’t matter

 

I want to climb him

Like a deep mahogany

Timber ladder

 

‘Tell Rasa I’m single’

He said to his housemate— my buddy Amelia

The thought of him on top of me

Made my body tingle

 

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Tinder Tango

 Tinder Tango

 

Intelligence curiosity and sensitivity

Move right

Boats and stouts—neck tattoos—tongues out

Move left

 

Animals and travels

Move right

Backwards caps and toilet selfie snaps

Move left

 

Not always required is higher education

But the number of rough guys here

Who have not finished school

At least proposes some correlation

 

Errors ...

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Shifting lenses

Shifting lenses

 

I met a girl called Bree

Another girl who moved on her own to Port Macquarie

Amidst the covid pandemic

At the same time as me

 

Before Covid, Bree had planned to move back overseas

We both have the travel bug

Then when the pandemic hit

And we could no longer do what we pleased

 

But if the virus didn’t erupt

Bree and I would have not met

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Saltwater salvation

Saltwater salvation

 

I watch the waves turn

With differing force

Here there

And everywhere

 

My inner monologue— forever going

Pauses for a moment

As the ocean casts its spell upon me

 A glittering stream of blue and green— gleaming and glowing

 

For a moment I wonder

If I should make the choice to be submerged

To stop

And allow my body to feel colder

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I surrender

I surrender

 

By day we fight

By night we fight

Constantly battling

Trying to stay strong

Trying to keep things right

 

As the struggle continues 

We try not to complain

We take on the suffering 

We take on the pain

 

We know we must continue

As the storm carries on

To pretend we feel tough

When we are truly forlorn

 

It's true in this journey

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I want to live in a retirement village

I want to live in a retirement village

 

I want to live in a retirement village

So I can reside in an elderly community

Affordable living, disability access, a garden gnome

And endless opportunity

 

Oh the dream, to have a little unit 

Purpose built for practicality

Close to a park and the local shops

What wonderful amenity

 

I want my big event of the day

To...

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My trauma sees your trauma

My trauma sees your trauma

 

We are only skin deep

While we don't know the heavy stuff about each other

One stranger to another stranger

To cross that line

Can bring connection 

But with that, vulnerability and perceived danger

 

I want to take that step with you

But I'm afraid of what it might stir up

It may bring us closer together

Albeit, it might just trigge...

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