John O'Dal

John O'Dal

Otway Ranges, Victoria, Australia

Portfolio

MY DIAGNOSIS

It’s a matter of wait and watch / I’ll be your lighthouse / One day the rocks

THE PICNIC

I spread out sandwiches and lemonade / And water for the dog

THE WIND

Watch the birds / They make memories with it

THE POET AND HIS MUSE

Do I now grow old / ’Cause I wear my trousers rolled / and high / Walking upon the beach

YOUR ANGEL

I have a secret I can’t keep from you / I cut your angel in two

THROUGH THE GLASS DARKLY

Outside my window / Where the flowers meet the glass

MAGNUM OPUS

I’m going to translate the bible
Sophie's Boh by John O'Dal

I READ THE NEWS TODAY

I read the news today / Oh! boy / About a man who set / His dog on fire
RELATIVITY , Yesterday, today and tomorrow by John O'Dal

A LAST SUPPER

I’d have T.S. Eliot / To critique the cake / And pass out the coffee spoons / With which he measured his life / That and cigarettes /…

CHANT FOR PEGGY LEE (REVISED)

Buddha-like / Sit quietly / Sip your tea

MOTHER THERESA AS LOVER

Mother Theresa / Being excommunicated / For / Splitting her infinitives

MIND GAME

To go from the prosaic / To the profound

ONE FOR GALILEO

The sun revolves around each of us

NOTHINGNESS

I’ve read / Being and Nothingness

THE BIRD

That would upset the balance of things / Best stay outside and sing

THE LOCAL COURT HOUSE 9.45 A.M.

Conspired to / Confess his crime

SONG FOR SOCRATES

Here I am counting my sins / All my memories abide / And / Sex breath and death collide
THE REVIEW (View larger version) by John O'Dal

THE WAY OF TEA

Rather than the sweep of the artist’s brush / It’s decorated with somebody else’s star sign / Or a chip or two / Which k…

GOD AS CARTOON CHARACTER

I yam what I yam
THE AUDITION by John O'Dal TREE OF LIFE by John O'Dal

A LAMENT FOR THE KANGAROO

Where I live, in the beautiful Otway Ranges of Victoria, Australia, I drive / thirty minutes through paradise to get to the shops – …

TSUNAMI

Their apocalypse of bliss
THE EXPERIMENT by John O'Dal

THE SEER

We are our own iconoclast
MUSEUM BIRD - best viewed large by John O'Dal

LIFE AND DEATH OF A SAVANT

My uncle could neither read nor write. In fact he had the mental age of perhaps a five-year-old. And no man was more gentle.
ABYSS - DIGITAL VERSION by John O'Dal FIGURE IN THE LANDSCAPE by John O'Dal INTO THE LIGHT (Best viewed large) by John O'Dal PORTRAIT OF AN ANGEL by John O'Dal FUNERARY URN by John O'Dal

EVOLUTION

Echidnas
THE PARTY by John O'Dal THE EPICUREAN by John O'Dal

MOTHER AND CHILD REUNION

Plaster cast / Loving heart
I THINK I LOVE YOU by John O'Dal MY LATEST CD  by John O'Dal

THE BIG BANG THEORY

The Pope has just explained the big bang / It was no accident / But planned by God / This is the ‘same’ Pope / Who once though…
THERE IS NO TOMORROW, IT'S ALL THE SAME FUCKING DAY by John O'Dal SOCRATES AS A DUCK/SELF PORTRAIT by John O'Dal

A NEW DECADE’S RESOLUTION

And become immortal / Until it rains
FIGURE IN THE LANDSCAPE by John O'Dal THE EXISTENTIALIST by John O'Dal I LOVE BROCCILI by John O'Dal BIRD ON A WIRE by John O'Dal NESTING BOX by John O'Dal RESSURECTION THEORY ILLUSTRATED by John O'Dal SELF PORTRAIT AS DUCK by John O'Dal YIN AND YANG by John O'Dal SEASCAPE by John O'Dal DEVELOPING A THEORY FOR ALL THINGS by John O'Dal FISH OUT OF WATER by John O'Dal THE TRICK - Large version for printing by John O'Dal HOW TO ANALYSE A CHICKEN by John O'Dal

GRAFFITI

Ashes to ashes / Dust to dust
CLARENCE PARROT PONDERS THE THREE BIG QUESTIONS by John O'Dal GORGEOUS MAN SEEKS SAME by John O'Dal St SEBASTIAN 11 by John O'Dal PICASSO'S HOLIDAY by John O'Dal DARK BIRDS IN POEMS /ARE METAPHORS /FOR WHAT PEOPLE DON'T WANT TO KNOW by John O'Dal CHINA POSTCARD by John O'Dal St SEBASTIAN/DON'T LET ME BE MIS-UNDERSTOOD by John O'Dal A WALK IN THE PARK by John O'Dal MY APPARITION by John O'Dal THE GAME by John O'Dal UNTITLED by John O'Dal

YOU SAY RESTAURANT I SAY CAFE’

My grandmother and her late-life boyfriend / Who had a drinking problem / And only one suit

THE LITTLE THINGS/A WESTERN

Life was short and mean, with little hope of ever being otherwise. They were Socrates’ unexamined lives.

STUFF YOU SHOULD KNOW

The sun never rises / It just stays still / Nor is it the centre of the universe / That’s Elvis

DOING GOD’S WORK

Like a christian / On a bike
FITZROY/MELBOURNE 2 by John O'Dal FITZROY/MELBOURNE by John O'Dal Urban Grid by John O'Dal TERRIBLE BEAUTY - THE THREE GRACES by John O'Dal WONDERLAND 2 by John O'Dal WONDERLAND by John O'Dal
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