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Nick Cave – Skeleton Tree review

Just listened to Skeleton Tree twice through – in the dark on the floor of the spare room with headphones on…. Absolutely incre…

what he said

‘We want to walk beside you, / we don’t want to walk alone’ / Is what he said, / what he said many years ago. / Like / 70 years ago / I don…

savages song

you don’t own the river or its sparkling waterfall / you don’t own that Chinese urn looming 6ft tall / you don’t own the …

those etruscans..

i mean, the etruscans did everything / everything / and yet we still have no bloody idea who they were / a language locked and wonders plun…

a christmas carol

was it a spray of sparkling meteors / or the deer drawn sleigh of santa claus / was it a shining star out of the east / that charmed us al…

the telephone

He looked anxiously at the old fashioned black telephone / which sat on the worn wooden table in the tiny, leaf roofed office. / The numb…

i saw you in a photograph

Yet, when i see the light from the sidereal splendour of her eyes,

the black fish

i sat happily outside / in the humid / yet cooling warm night air. / I watched the black fish with its sparkling venus eye / consume vast…

the beautiful V formation

When he thought about / writing about / the seabirds flying home on dusk, / he thought about writing about it / in this format: / “the sea…

the park of devestation

they gather here the coffee crowd / send texts instead of ringing / on paving stones and gravel / whisper words instead of singing / but th…

at this time of the year

it is at this time of year / that the bougainvillea sprays colour / along the side of the beach road / screams of purple in the hazy scorch…

to a loved one

no matter if the sun won’t rise and abandons the horizon / no matter if the marble moon should split and fail to waken / no matter if…

wedding song

Oh love deep in the garden / Oh love deep in the well.

Chime loud

And in the midst of lemon haze / I clock the strangers for your gaze

the ocean was grey dark

the ocean this morning was grey dark / a blurred monochrome scale / where the foreground of choppy waves / merged with the more menacing…

song for doug – Those words..

It was a cliché from the very start / With the fragrant trade winds and tropical palms / And the sparkling sky and eerie full moon / Lured …

Song for Coops (7)

i picked a dozen blooms for you when we were seventeen / a dozen long years later i still don’t know what they mean / they lasted one…

3000 people saw you that night

It has snuck up this year / Christmas that is. / School kids have packed up and are in the process of / learning to do / all sorts of suppo…

To a friend

you don’t doubt yourself anymore / not like when u lived with us / when every brave and audacious act / needed to be applauded / and …

the land breeze

Just then he heard a gust of wind blundering like a drunk stooge around the side of the house. He heard the branches of the native shrubs …

Is that really

It had been quite a long while since he had called. He’d been thinking about it, but as each day passed, it became harder and harder…

The peach house

The house was tiny and it was peach coloured with Tudor panels of chocolate brown. It was squeezed into the narrow space between its moder…

He knew there would be a new album.

He knew there would be a new album at some stage. She had made such an impression with her initial effort that there was always going to b…

a garden rich

but i vow that i’ll return again / when the blackbirds screech boils the acid rain

The Eclipse

what is it about / the unknowable that makes / hearts skip and souls race

The stench of resolution

Like many, today was his first day back in the pool for the year. Wow, what a turn up..there were people everywhere. He carefully negotia…

The stars continued to rotate

The waxing gibbous moon bathed the warm December evening in silver pearlescent light. There was not a single cloud in the sky, just a blank…

the garage sale

He wasn’t sure exactly when it had all started. All the garage sale stuff that is. He knew when a lot of other things had started.. but t…
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I wasn’t sure.

When I thought about writing about what I had been thinking, the words just would not emerge.. from me. I had a vision of them coiling out…

haiku 1

we lay together / late morning after the swell / salty lips and skin

follow a spectre across the sea

can you tell the difference between hollow wall / and a dry dusty riverbed / can you feel the change in the weather now / that the cold h…

what had happened to his words was not that unusu…

he was midway through writing what he had been writing when a sudden overpowering weariness landed right on top of him. right on his shoul…

Song for Lucy

When I heard you first / It was a utube burst / That left me sad and happy / You had a black dress on / When you sang that song / In a voic…

Song for Stu

Don’t wanna be your number three anymore / Don’t want to scrimp and save to hang around your door / Don’t wanna burn another candle – there…

the shadow

I wondered if it was your suburb / that the shadow of the plane now passed over / a flitting unnoticed shadow / even on a sunny day like t…

i think it was Clive..

Was it Clive who said that / “people don’t listen that hard when they read anymore” / I think it was Clive… / What a beautiful thing to sa…

it was saturday

it was saturday / again. / the busyness of the week, / that is monday through to friday / had simply finished leaving a mind buzzing vacu…
Natadola river mouth Fiji by Rex Inkpen

The mechanics wife.

Shirl was a cautious driver. Almost too cautious, dwelling uncertainly at roundabouts, posting doubts in the factious minds of her fellow d…

the water was slightly cooler

and finally the sun, birthed slowly on the shimmering horizon / like an egg being released from a follicle of the earth itself.

he spent that night in the arms of the ocean R…

matty barclay

the mists of Jupiter

The warm tropical ocean heaved gently all around him / Like a sleeping giant / long slow breaths and a slow somnolent rhythm / it was grey…

The shells were on the 4th shelf

The shells were on the fourth shelf / and picture frames / mainly on the third. / he didn’t know why this was / but it just was. / th…
bomber at the inlet by Rex Inkpen

the chains

when she looked in the mirror / she saw the chains. / but when she looked down in surprise and suspended alarm / at her actual hands, / not…

a song for john

There’s a dark star caught up in a hundred swirling galaxies / flashing so faintly now, almost imperceptibly / its time is near, that…

He saw them later out near the pool fence

He was an observer of people.. he knew that much. / It was not an unusual habit, he also knew this, yet he was uncomfortable with his vicar…

the stench of resolution

Like many, today was his first day back in the pool for the year. Wow, what a turn up..there were people everywhere. He carefully negotia…

very funny apparently

hottest christmas in 60 years; who would have thought! / but still cool for the antipodeans. / christmas eve was fun. / after the rehashed …

He paddled in the morning

The paddle dipped noiselessly into the dark water of the gently heaving ocean. He drew the blade back along the line of his rotating torso…

a great idea

Well you know, It was really strange.. / the message was simple enough: / “hey sexy, you are unreal – do you know how unreal and wonderful…

One word after another

He liked short stories for some reason. He liked novels as well, but he liked short stories more. He couldn’t explain this predilection i…

Isaac and Michael

The words they used at home to describe a bright starry night were redundant in this isolated equatorial nightscape. Redundant and a tad p…
outside the kitchen window.. by Rex Inkpen

you wore the blue and red dress

under the beautiful tree with the giant buttress roots / under its shade and scent and aura / we shared the coffee and crepe / and listened…

The beautiful V formation.

When he thought about / writing about / the seabirds flying home on dusk, / he thought about writing about it / in this format: / “the sea…
ski paddlers at Kewarra by Rex Inkpen

he wondered what she would say

He looked anxiously at the old fashioned black telephone / which sat on the worn wooden table in the tiny, leaf roofed office. / The numb…

next year

he had always wondered what to do with all the fruit. / every year the trees hung low / when the fruit was ripe, / and he hatched grand pla…

After the storm

After the storm passed us by, / we sat in the warm spa and watched our chicken flesh disappear. / The violent wind and pinprick cold rain t…

Times new roman

What did it mean he wondered: / “The writing was on the wall”. / Oh, he knew what it meant / to a certain degree / but it was usually spok…

the orchestra of falling water

the small brook gurgles, plops and hiccups. / you sit beside it / deaf / to the orchestra of falling water. / oblivious / to its passage …

Poppies in the spring

How many sappers and sergeants, corporals and gunners will it take? / Family snaps / Brave young men, strong and competent, fatal maelstrom…

the black fish

i sat happily outside / in the humid / yet cooling warm night air. / I watched the black fish with its sparkling venus eye / consume vast…

The first cold drops of rain

When she first heard the wind press up through the valley she thought the tent might yield to the latest of its gnarling attacks. She coul…

Shimmering in the distance.

I saw him by the side of the road. Actually I saw his car first, in the distance. Shimmering in the distance; wobbly white in the harsh h…

the clouds had blown in from the East

Within an hour of beginning his walk he was lost. The bush seemed familiar yet ominously threatening, like a snake coiled and poised and r…

The Feather

He liked the way the word SHAMBLES rolled off the tongue. It was really quite an attractive word, especially when uttered in a posh Englis…

Olsen and Riesl – an allegory.

Olsen sat silently on the wet shiny rock in the middle of the lake and pondered. He often found himself perched there in the wee small hou…

they stood and watched it all

the city was in fact an elaborate Spielberg set / fit for Harrison Ford or maybe Mel Gibson / perhaps even Angelina Jolie.. / and it was fu…

the mountain

he wondered about the summit, / the peak, / the glowing golden tip of the mountain. / It stood before him everyday and its moods were / der…
the lesson by Rex Inkpen

the storm passed us by

After the storm passed us by, / we sat in the warm spa and watched our chicken flesh disappear. / The violent wind and pinprick cold rain t…

Mitchell looked in the mirror

Mitchell walked over to his bedroom cupboard. He opened the door and looked into the full length dress mirror that was secured on the insi…

The Lovers.

The men came to the village in a rusty and decrepit old truck. / There were 10 of them and they were heavily armed. / Even though it was ea…

they raised the flag

they raised the flag amongst the bloody deformed dead. / not many would know their flag with its unusual motif / but they would know it now…

the driving test.

The 100 hours have been completed. The log book has been ratified by the appropriate government department and the test itself has been pa…

The Lunamet conundrum. Chapter 1.

Conrad stared out at the magnificent vista of the stars, Earth, grey soft light and the Lunamet production plant. His plant. His life’s w…
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