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Perspective

A little birdie told me
Goldfish don't blink by Anne van Alkemade

Water Thinker

Turning taps to fill your need / to hose down paths of concrete

There’s a redback

They ate and drank and did other things / And minions were soon bred.

Narnas

If a Cyberman could shrug, then the ten survivors of the last war with the Daleks would have done just that.

The dutiful son

Prickly little bastards, but she loved ‘em.” He showed the man the tiny pin pricks in his fingers.
Adorable by Anne van Alkemade

Interview with the Easter Bunny

… all I get is bloody carrots. A nice corned beef sandwich with pickle, or scones and a glass of sherry wouldn’t go astray from time …

Danse Macabre

She scuttled around toadstools and towards the back gate, bending to walk beneath it.

Interview with a Tooth Fairy

“Let me make it absolutely clear that it’s a myth the dental industry has influence here!” Tooth Fairy

… and the rains came down

Applause ear-splitting / Gaia takes her bows / with her tears / the earth she endows.
New Holland Honeyeater by Anne van Alkemade

A festive harvest

If you pass through Bacchus Marsh in March next year and you see the nets are being lifted from the local vineyard, mark in your calendar t…

Hues

For those wrongs committed / on summer hell fire days.
And the band played Waltzing Matilda by Anne van Alkemade God's glorious flora (Uniting Church, Bacchus Marsh) by Anne van Alkemade Lime Kilns/Lake Merrimu by Anne van Alkemade

Corporatisation of the community image (essay)

Reporting the news presents society to itself, providing a means for self examination. Well, that’s the theory anyway.

Gone

The fear was real, and it lingers.

The trail begins here

I am not dead / I’m not alive / This is no way / for one to thrive / Vinny wakes knowing the words were not just part of his dream.

Without language: an exploration

How very sensual such a tactile experience could be even just by thinking it.

Tranquility

A gentle breeze makes waving reeds / almost complete the scene
The Carpenter (Ta Pinu) by Anne van Alkemade

A secret life told by ‘dead’ voices

… sings of the icy state of consciousness and heart as though experienced at first-hand. She knows this; she recognises it …

I can hear the ocean

I look at the opalescene of the conch shell that I hold / and wonder at the tiny people living in its fold.

Remembrance

The Southern Cross flies under hot sky; / youngsters dawdling wonder why / their elders seem to make a flurry / of the pomp and ceremony.
Web silhouette by Anne van Alkemade

My Broom Only Holds One

“I can only carry one more,” / Sybilla said, “just one!” / “So whose turn is it this year / to come and have some fun?”
Blousey Peach by Anne van Alkemade

Full Bloom

And so, thy godess spreads her skirts / and mortals delve within
Something blue by Anne van Alkemade Witch by Anne van Alkemade Night Blossoms (poster) by Anne van Alkemade

Wistful

floating in water / flying at night / dreams on a breeze / clouds so white

The Cleansing Sea (raw language warning)

The wind carried a voice from the scrub around the car park. The beast was enraged by the loss of its prey and by its boiling testosterone.

Cut

too late, the cuts applied / to burgeoning tenderness; / lay waste amongst the grass.
The Smell of Death by Anne van Alkemade There are some things even Death can't conquer by Anne van Alkemade Postie's Delight by Anne van Alkemade In another world by Anne van Alkemade

Potted Plot

Seems to me he wanted his parishioners to sample hell’s ovens before they actually got there.

Look! No Difference.

It’s true to say that the sprites black and white, / with the clarity of soul and unprejudiced sight, / could teach the world lessons ever …
Time on your hands by Anne van Alkemade Every cloud has a silver lining by Anne van Alkemade

Underarm Hair

We shave it away, culturally speaking / to satisfy aesthetic prospects / yet we’re doing away, Wikipedia says, / one thing that stimulates …
A Grim Reminder by Anne van Alkemade Repeat Repeat Repeat by Anne van Alkemade

Life

foundations sliced, / diced, / Healed.

Roach

If they’re in the kitchen / I grab the nearest thing / Wave it high above my head / Put my shoulder in the swing.
Waiting for Death by Anne van Alkemade Death Rehearses by Anne van Alkemade Will Death Quit? by Anne van Alkemade

The Purple Cup

We used to laugh at Monty Python, at the same jokes and do the python-nerding, reciting albatross sketch
Wrongly accused (part) by Anne van Alkemade Death is Disappointed by Anne van Alkemade Natural Nose Selection by Anne van Alkemade Blacksmith's Cottage - Bacchus Marsh by Anne van Alkemade Cooking Show on the Other Side by Anne van Alkemade Butterfly by Anne van Alkemade Pigs and Spiders - Poetee by Anne van Alkemade

Pigs and Spiders (for children)

Pigs and spiders / start appearing

Black Knickers

Black knickers will always do.

Feast

I didn’t hear Gardner climb down from a tall ghost gum and walk into the circle of light, but I sensed he was coming – and others too.
No Poaching by Anne van Alkemade Grrrrrr by Anne van Alkemade

In all the might, a tiny light

small comfort from the halogen / casting shadows along our way.
The Higher Ground by Anne van Alkemade the Singing Nutsos by Anne van Alkemade Fleetingly by Anne van Alkemade Parasite by Anne van Alkemade Boo by Anne van Alkemade Embracing Arms by Anne van Alkemade Seasons of The Avenue - Bacchus Marsh by Anne van Alkemade Can you stop? by Anne van Alkemade Djerriwarrh Bridge by Anne van Alkemade Through the djerriwarrh arch by Anne van Alkemade Happy Flowers by Anne van Alkemade Summer Breeze by Anne van Alkemade Smokin' by Anne van Alkemade St Andrew's Uniting Church - Bacchus Marsh by Anne van Alkemade
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