The Crackenback Winds

THE CRACKENBACK WINDS It’s roaring outside now at forty-two knots Like a thousand beasts on a rampage We’re bunkering down in an effort to sleep But I know that the battle is lost. The ending of this I can’t fathom or gauge With windows and walls being battered While...

To Mum

TO MUM Elaine Iris Reid nee Walls For you we’ve dressed these outdoor halls The last day in your seventies So we expect some revelry Nay, we expect some devilry Some of you may be unaware But she’s run wild in her underwear She was in Sydney in the sixties...

The Greatest of Guys

THE GREATEST OF GUYS The greatest of guys has just left us, He’s taken his last boat to sea He’s driven his last fancy vehicle, He’s taken the life out of me. My big brother hero just left me, He’s saved me just so many times, He’d...

Rest Well My Brother

REST WELL MY BROTHER I’ll never be lonely I’ll always be free ‘Cause you are my brother You’re right next to me So sleep well my brother So rest well my brother So take heart my brother You’re always with me There is a song There is a sadness I’ve carried so long But...

Ode to Pete

ODE TO PETE Come, bid me farewell as I head out to sea I’m off to another reunion The horizon beyond is calling to me The ocean my perfect seclusion. Well here we are, it’s the time we all feared I’m sorry I’m not up to greet you But I realised there’s somewhere else...

Leave Nothing On The Table

LEAVE NOTHING ON THE TABLE Tonight I watched my best man Writhing in a hospital bed They couldn’t get the morphine in fast enough I wish I was here in his stead. Watching my sweet brother die Saying goodbye so slowly, so long All I can say to my friends Is cherish the...

Oh how I pity other men

OH HOW I PITY OTHER MEN Oh how I pity other men, their hopeless life position, Their marriages unhappy, wives gathering ammunition, Lives filled with useless purpose, action without meaning, Endless options wasted in a cycle most demeaning. And here I sit infatuated,...

This Innocent

THIS INNOCENT If God has seen all that has gone in me And felt the mortal pain that I now feel, With heart or conscience he must soothe my state, Or else drive his deathly sword Of liberty. If I am now alone, and by such doubt It seems it be, let Nature’s force Reside...

Next Time Round

NEXT TIME ROUND You rose from a nightmare You say I was the star Then you stabbed the life into me To see the sunrise And all I was thinking Was where I had been And all I was loving Was the lady before. You saw my dilemma You knew where Iʼd gone So you punched my...

My Lady

MY LADY My lady, suffer not this fool who present holds your favour, For he is but a pleasant toy and everwhile the knaver; You see this love as one which, given time, shall fairly blossom, Yet you are but the apple tree and I am but your possum. By nature’s course we...

Of Reality Of Logic

OF REALITY Time on morbid hour I dwell alone, Captured in my self-denying cell; I could see now but for an instant, I could hold you still and call you mine – But moment soon would flee to minute, And you would ring the chastened bell And send me sweetly back to...

Honest Ecstacy

HONEST ECSTACY Softly, silent words of caring pass between As golden dust upon a pauper’s brow, Or seasons’ wealth on Gaea’s nurtured green; We suffer not from speech, our needs are filled By peace of presence, never more than touching On a hope, a fading dream, a new...

Tomorrowʼs Child

TOMORROW’S CHILD And once as children, sailing on a smile A day or lifetime, freedom sanctified And still untouched; a herald sang of you Our precious charm, our lifeʼs alluring bride. And then as beauty, softly from a cloud A wide-eyed dove, evolved from life...

This Leaf of Dust

THIS LEAF OF DUST The falling leaves cry to the wind, One final plea for reason, A tree of life now parting For a time to memory, And this our early Autumn Dries a supple Spring romance, As old Hephaestus forges new Tomorrowʼs sunlit dance. It bled for us, this leaf...

Separation

SEPARATION An intense mortality creeps inward Biting as a teething child, Drawing, sucking, forcing out the breath And into fear, or solitude, or both But even in embalméd troth A grasping web beneath. I hide, cushioning myself around With fortress borne in green’s...