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Boots 59

He knew she was already changing. He didn’t turn around to watch. He didn’t want to see the struggle changing involved. If th…

Boots 58

“Right!” muttered Granny. “Now let’s get us ready for whatever comes.”
Boots 58 by Alenka Co

the priest’s house

In a small country town in the midlands of Tasmania this tiny cottage behind the church was the priest’s house. The atmosphere of it…

the night

she gathers him into her arms / dark silk, her hair around him drapes

Boots 57

“It stole yer wheels as well?!! Tha’s not on, mate, tha’s not!! Yer girl, tha’s one fing, but yer bike ……

whispers in the wind

There are many souls in this forest.
our children by Alenka Co the three of us by Alenka Co

Boots 56

It was a worry, it really was, the combined intelligence of the Hell’sBats gang when Mike was the second brightest there. I mean, sh…


from the moment you possessed me / did I ever have a choice / but to drink the nectar from your cup / and let it take me / to that edge o…

Boots 55

“Hey! Moll!” / DingBat tried to get her attention by tapping lightly on the door. In the middle of what looked like a food-fi…


a vessel, / this body of mine / it drifts with the tide

Boots 54

“What I want to know,” growled BadBoy,“is how come we ended up on the ferry with apples instead of a unicorn.”
photos and drawings and words by Alenka Co

Boots 53

All he knew was that she was a witch who had asked for his help
the stories we are told by Alenka Co


the chair is empty / the chess is there / I pick up a piece / my favourite piece / and there you are / across the table from me / smiling a…

Boots 52

A deep sadness flowed over him. Cecelia was growing old while he was not.

Boots 51

Thirteen motor-bikes roared up to Granny’s gate. She stopped sweeping the leaves off the steps and leaned on the bristle broom. Fur…

there was a time

a time of dreams / a time when we believed / that we had the power / to change things / that we were connected / that we were one / and the…
it was a time of dreams by Alenka Co

blood doesn’t lie

the mirror catches me / by surprise / shows me a face / I don’t recognise / I think it lies / that isn’t me / I’m still…
it's a new day by Alenka Co

it’s a new day

it’s a new day, he whispers. / anything is possible. / it’s up to you. / and I believed him, / I really did, / and I did try. /…
Summer Walks by Alenka Co

Autumn Walk

No, that’s too harsh, isn’t it. / Call it selfishness, that drive for survival that is innate in all life.
sometime in the seventies by Alenka Co

Winter Walk

do we care / is it just words / we’re spouting
Winter Walk by Alenka Co 14 today  -  photo by Ron Co by Alenka Co "November"  by Sergei Rukavishnikov by Alenka Co "Yardman"  by Sergei Rukavishnikov by Alenka Co


Granny had given her the boots, so magic was quite likely involved

lightness of being

I cannot hold it / try, and it melts like a snowflake in my hand


while the sun just shines and the rain just falls / and the river flows on regardless
I can dance by Alenka Co

the thief and the soldier

“You are a thief,” he gently said, / “and I am a soldier.”

the hills of home

it was a day in early Spring / after the rains had clothed the hills in velvet green / and the air was fresh, the sun was warm / that he fi…

these seeds of life

she takes his hard-worked hand in hers / tomorrow the harvesting will begin


tonight let her tears seep into this soil / let the grief and the loss drain away with each drop
"You still here?" by Alenka Co

ticks and jackjumpers, thistles and thorns

Blundstone boots, thick socks, trousers, jumper ….. / you don’t go barefoot dancing in the moonlight in this forest / not unle…

the keep

this is the tower / the keep of memories / here they are, stored / in photographs and film / videos and books and words / remembering loved…
the tower by Alenka Co

someone before me

was it a soldier returned from a war / seeking peace here in the bush

just before it begins

you feel it, that pause just before it begins / a silence so intense, it shatters like glass to the first bird-call / you feel before you s…
"Fiddle"  by Sergei Rukavishnikov by Alenka Co

go away

child, go away / far away from this place / already it’s sniffing / your songs and your dreams / the demons here feed / on such pre…
Stonebow by Alenka Co


you carry with you the memories / knowing you can never go back
breakfast at Stonebow by Alenka Co


galaxies above, galaxies below

sissy stuff

“They want us to play kiss-chasey.” The little boy faces grimace in unison.


we are like alien beings / unable to communicate


you can hear them on the other side of the door / grumbling and mumbling about the service, stomping their feet / dusk already and youR…
platypus by Alenka Co reaching out by Alenka Co

reaching out

it starts so small / barely visible / a spark / a tiny glow

breathing life

your time is measured / in centuries

“the smell of coffee, freshly ground”

my father’s making coffee on the wood stove, fire crackling, the room cosy and warm while outside it’s still dark and cold
sweet seduction by Alenka Co

in my blood

I hear you in my blood, taste you in my tears

if a letter could travel back in time

don’t worry, little one
this day by Alenka Co



Mundoo Pub on a Saturday night


the bucket incident

This is embarrassing. / First day of the school year and I’m in the sick-room with a bucket by my side. Melva’s driving me home shortly, ha…

Mundoo School Concert

“Well, hang up your stocking, girl. You never know your luck.”

song without words

you sing / and your song without words fills the air
Dark Angel by Alenka Co


the feel of skin on skin / fingers caressing the contours of a lover’s face, / painting her image in your mind

the kite

He felt her contentment, a warm, satisfied glow that radiated from her. The child was pleased.
the reason by Alenka Co

grab my camera, grab my man

a pause in the rain / I grab my camera, grab my man

Nature’s joke

Sometimes I get the feeling we’re Nature’s joke. That our sole purpose in life is to make her laugh. Like just now, serving …

until then

the day will come / it will, my child / when you will blossom / in the sun / until then / take your time / there is no rush / with gentle g…
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