Joined March 2009

Of all the words that have stuck to the ribs of my soul, poetry has been the most filling. Anna Quindlen.


William Ernest Henley - Invictus

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.…

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

Sigh. Such perfect sentiment

About to go watch the movie as I just listened to this song

And it’s not just a game
You can’t throw me away
I put all I had on the line
And I give and you take
And I played the high stakes
I’ve won and I’ve lost
But, I’m fine

Hear me say I’ll ri

A sister piece for RVR

My muse sings to
Nysaean nymphs
For there is reward
Moving between stars.
As Jupiter falls
To a juvenile soul,
I whisper and wish for
Languid landings.

You must hear the bell:
Its warning, its toll,
You trite deceiver,
You foolish believer,
When the moon
Waxes and wanes
To the beating
Of his chest,
Or her breast,
So it unleashes

Yet simultaneously
Is only
A wayward jest.

Dedicated to RVRFNX and Midweek Words/Endless Night

These are but the bacchanalia wordings
Of a juvenile soul,
The crucial languid landings
That hear the bell:
Its toll
Bringing the very point,
The firm Cathedral,
Upon one’s chest
And unleashing
Crusading to His jest.

Lost generation video

A palindrome is a word that reads the same backward and forward.
This video reads the exact opposite backward as forward.
This is so well done – simple, yet so brilliant.

Red Lobster poetry - Ep203


It was filmed months ago, in April 2010, but I wanted to share that on Wednesday 14 July 2010, I miraculously appeared on TV at 11:00pm.

Streaming video is available from this location

Many of my favourite Melbourne poets are featured:
Eddie Dalton
Ozlem Baro
Steve Smart
Viki Mealings
Jimmy Guitar
Graham Stuart-Watt
Reuben Duffy
Michael Reynolds
Di Cousens

Soon by msdebbie falls between the lovely PTP and Steve Smart, who are among the most encouraging of my poetry pals :)

And please be gentle with your feedback on how I look if you peruse Episode 203 – I am pretty mortified by the whole double/triple/horrible chin thing I have happening

But the 14 July date in question also has added poetry meaning – it was around this time that I was meeting a RB man at the Brunswick Hotel – xadrikxu.


Editing some 2009 poems

I have worked in a variety of editorial roles in the last 12 years – and have now decided that even in my own poetry, I need to be more disciplined.…

But, rather than re-post older poems, I was thinking I could just group them into a journal and you can link through as you wish to see if you notice a difference – I figure I’ll reference in the description, any lines or stanzas I am adjusting, but will be interested if anyone can remember the way I originally worded something and if you think the revision is better.

That is the intent at least :)
So please try these out if you are interested:

  1. venting
  2. Fish and worm

If it is a substantial reworking I may post it as a v2 – like this one – otherwise it will just be minor tweaks and corrections to let me feel continuous improvement is possible!


Preparing for a competition

Hi all :)…

I am participating in the fourth heat of Poetry Idol on Saturday the 1st of May 2010. Consider it a birthday challenge to myself (I will be 35 on 30 April 2010, halfway to my three-score-and-ten that Grandpa used to mention…)

By no means a seasoned performer – first went to Rat Rhymes in October 2009, where I have made some wonderful friends and learned a few things from the likes of:

  • Raymondo
  • Sandra
  • Michael
  • Steve Smart – one of the heat three winners actually…
    So I am looking for all constructive feedback, advice, friendly tips that can be secured.
    I write more stuff than I currently consider performance-ready.
    And depending on what shortlist I arrive at – will welcome different thoughts, as sometimes people like pieces of mine that I am overlooking.

But here are the general rules to

TBF features for 25 April 2010

Congratulations – featured by TBF 25 April 2010

I am continually impressed with the quality of work in TBF – thank you everyone for sharing such personal and beautiful art and writing. It is a blessing to be able to reimagine the world in profound ways. And how!


My love, the lightbulb

Lyrian Shifting

For LS

Just Be

Kiss me deep in bones

Come home


Rising to the surface

Wet dreams

And when I am old

The Frail

Ocean Prayer

HOPE – The Flow

Donna Ingham
Emma Wetheim
Gretchen Cello
Jessica Walker
Sonya Smith
Willow Wyles


Jess Walker’s self-portrait brought tears to my eyes – I adore her amazing talent. And the songchoice – perfection! – so I wanted to especially share it in m

PRSC features for April 2010

Hi PRSC folks!…

Sorry for delays doing April features – but as always, great selection of writing and art. I’ve also included a Tshirt I think is wicked cool!!!

Here is the WHO
Please visit your featured members and offer congratulations – all deserve a closer look than just the snapshot images here :)

With the removal of one of the April features – I thought maybe we could give a bit more attention to our new co-host Tycatz – please peruse his portfolio – wonderful stuff! to be found!

Gregory John O’Flaherty
Helen Bascom
Initially NO
Mike Weeks
Tenee Attoh
Siki Dlanga
JaNae Boswell
Tyger Beach
C.C. Arshagra


Real men knit


Strength within
Fear of the coded
The twilight of pregnancy
Under pressure



blank canvas 2

the murder of autumn


A tribute to Lionel and ArcadiaTempest


My beautiful friend KarenSue (aka KS Hardy and ArcadiaTempest) has moved me – as she so easily does – with a series of short stories on a most delightful character, Lionel.

I am rarely a romantic and tender person, but sometimes, I sigh with identification of the type of person I wish I could meet. Please find below reference to her wonderful series, and the lines which have called to me from across the country.

Lionel our master chef

  1. The mess was comfort today, a friend.
    I enjoy comfort gained from simplicity – love that even mess can represent it!
  2. Filling the bellies full to a happy brim was first nature not second nature to him.
    Ah yes, me too! So relate to this aspect of a giving personality.
  3. The inanimate understood him.
    Beautiful idea – lo

Background to impressions of my secret life

I am an individual.
But how unique?…

  1. Sometimes blistering
  2. Sometimes conformist
  3. Sometimes interesting
  4. Sometimes thoughtless

Life is a perception.
How do I perceive?

  1. Emotions
  2. Encounters
  3. Thoughts
  4. Observations

Sensation can be nonsense
Yet I rely on touch, taste, speech,
Smell, sight and hearing to live
I want to understand my world
Then use insight to act accordingly.

But none of us experience
The same thing.
I constantly crave

  1. Connection
  2. Empathy
  3. Knowledge
  4. Understanding

These thoughts and ideas are tied to Impressions of my secret life and a national poetry competition from the Australian Poetry Centre, called Making Sense of It

We all have our own perception of life.
The way we engage with or experience the world. We depend on our senses to help us form an impression, understand our surroundings and act accor

Tagged in CORE - oh my! At. A. Loss. For. Words...

Hi everyone. Not often I go into a shy and word-uncertain place, but gosh – having read so many exciting stories and insights into bubblers via the CORE tag, I am feeling quite unusual. So for starters I will go with gratitude – thanks Ushna for your encouragement and support, and always wanting to know more about people. It is awesome and testament to why CORE has such a strong and inspiring member base I think!!!…

There are so many things which move me:

  1. imagination
  2. inspiration
  3. literature
  4. music
  5. perception

Most people who know me, can guess very quickly what inspires me. I’d say there are three top things that have shaped my life and I see no reason this will change
1) the love of friends and family – I feel blessed to have gained so much from people who care about me, and for whom I would a

TBF features for the week commencing 14 March

Hello sweet peoples :)…

Thanks to all members of Touched By Fire – it is such a good group with so many talented contributors! I am so thrilled to be involved with Matthew Dawkins and ShadowDancer

Writing features

Maybe I am still a child



Until the next time

Through broken eyes the tears drift in

Eviscerate me

Art features

Congratulations Brad – a critique of propaganda is very relevant to reimagining the world; art which very distinctly touches peoples soul and shows a creative and unique voice that inspires and urges us to look at our world in new and exciting ways

Hey I could use a bit of help here please

In dreams

Close your eyes and dream


Something more than this

Please congratulate all of the featured artists and writers
Brad MacDuff

TBF features for the week commencing February 14

Hello Lovelies :)…

Thanks to everyone who is joining Touched By Fire – and the people actively participating! I am so thrilled to be involved with Matthew Dawkins and ShadowDancer while all of us are Reimagining the world via art that touches souls in profound ways.

Writing features

Intuition by kashmirecho

Shades of auburn by MarkezzAckui

Be my muse by James Watson

Night Lighter by mommakluyt

I by princess leah

The tears of a soldier by JaNae Boswell

Art features

Strange fascination by songmistress

Hands by Andrew Davoll

Lost souls of children by Lisa Hayward

Cherish life by Shoaib

Clothing features

Siren of the Sea by valzart

Only you by Roaring Designs aka Cassidy JK – Ra or Emraeh
Also, this side project from one of the best people the bubble has to offer deserves special attention –

TBF features from Matt - week commencing February 7

Hello everybody :)…

All you awesome folks in Touched By Fire! Want to try and make sure I journal as often as I can on the selections – I so enjoy immersing myself in what members are up to, not to mention how the sublime minds of Matthew Dawkins and ShadowDancer work. Not only is it fun, but it makes me think I can learn so much while Reimagining the world – art that touches souls in profound ways.

Art features

LIfe’s little steps by Jen Ryan
I love the sweet steps in gorgeous denim – visually, such a contrast to the bleakness of asphalt. At least, that is how I found it! My niece turns 8 the end of this month – I know how you feel to some extent – suspect it is that much more heart wrenching for mums :)

Jamie03 by mommakluyt
It’s a beautiful expression you have captured – and I love t

Invictus makes me shiver in all the right ways

Oh my, I am smiling so much!
Who would guess a film about rugby could inspire me?!
This film is definitely an interesting foray into the notion of courage, inspiration, triumph, adversity. And the music – so rich and lush, beautiful lyrics and haunting melodies!…

I was especially impressed by Overtone – Colorblind


And it’s not just a game
You can’t throw me away
I put all I had on the line
And I give and you take
And I played the high stakes
I’ve won and I’ve lost
But, I’m fine

Hear me say I’ll rise up ‘til the end
Hear me say I’ll stand up for my friends
And I crash to the ground
And it’s just my own sound
I drop in the blink of an eye
I’m colorblind

And your milky way fight
Won’t stop my delight
You keep me and lock me away
And it’s dark and it’s bright
It’s your colorful pride that kept me here

TBF features week commencing January 24

Thank you for bearing with me – this is the first group I have been involved in as a co-host…and I fear I am letting the side down miserably with work-related tardiness when it comes to the joy of selecting features……

Of course, it has been great getting to immerse myself in the beautiful Touched By Fire selections from Matthew Dawkinsvia journal – prior to picking my own features. And the calendarsand tshirts …gosh, I really hope it comes across – I think everybody in this group is awesomely talented!!!

What an honour to be part of an exhilarating group, so wonderful to experience such a spectrum of profound thought and art!!! It really does amount to something special:
Reimagining the world – art that touches souls in profound ways.

Art features

Look into my eyes

I think it is stu

Deb's comments on the TBF features by Matt Dawkins

Dear peoples,…

I am in the process of picking the first features I will select for Touched By Fire (aka TBF). It is an honour and privilege to see so many beautiful words and images! First, I want to thank my co-hosts, ShadowDancer and Matthew Dawkins, because I feel I have the opportunity to learn so much from them and their beautiful taste. This journal is my attempt to briefly describe how moving I have found Matt’s sublime selections for the Week of January 17th – art and writing both

Earthmonster and Mimi Yoon collaboration One winter together

My comment
These stanzas fill me with a sense of sorrow
hidden in my smiles
my sad heart
hollowed and empty
hidden in the twinkles
my tears and my fears
hidden in the silence
my longing for you
the scent of you
hiding in my pillow
i drown in your arms

What is the purpose of writing?

For me, it has always started
With the glimmer of an idea.…

It can be inspired by clouds,
Soulwarming sunlight,
Infinite possibility.

It is bright and sparks
With electricity.
It has connection
To all.

Everybody is equal.
People are poetry.
Music is magical.
Thoughts become words.
And words are not weapons!

So how did I start writing?
Dr Seuss was an early fave
I loved trying to rhyme;
To understand the rhythm.
He was the first to convince me
Words are power.

My parents had no idea
Of what was overtaking me,
But I had a loving Pa
Who loved words and languages.
Even when I was in primary school,
He shared his love of the bible and French;
Making of me a humble devotee.

I turned all my feelings into words,
Transforming darkness into light.
Even now when the bible is nought to me
I still cherish the John 1:1 idea

The kindness of strangers - Haiti humbles me

Please consider the following my attempt to put into one location some of the inspiring stories, initiatives and efforts of beautiful bubblers.…

If anyone does not wish to be included, please Bmail me and I will remove the link(s) next time I am on RB. Apologies for anyone I miss – happy to include once prompted – these are just a sample of the things I’ve read and felt moved by…

The Face of Haiti by JaNae Boswell is so powerful. As soon as I saw her collaboration with the talented Matthew Dawkins, I was so touched xoxo

Matthew Dawkins
My two days in Haiti some graphic content

Helen Bascom
Do not buy this art
And she is one of the contributing artists to Rhythm and Color

Helene Ruiz
Now is the time
Helene is curating an exhibition by The Urban Individualists
Opening Receptions
Friday, Febru

Swimming rules by Emily - December 2009

In the week between Christmas and New Year I was able to spend extra time with my gorgeous niece and nephew. A new technique I’ve learnt in the minefield that is finding ways to achieve good behaviour from excited children, is let them devise the rules for outings.

And given how much I’ve laughed every time I look at this page since, wanted to share :)

So everybody knows, here is my take on the rules

  1. Debbie is the boss – perfect as is; requires no further elaboration :D
  1. No pushing – not a drug reference
  1. Take turns – good advice; this one was a reference to water slides
  1. No sooking – non-Aussies may not know this colloquialism – means no crying to accompany number 5
  1. When it’s time to get out you get out – personally, I think this is a good rule of thumb for relationships and many situations b

Devoured - takes me to Shinedown Devour

The lovely Elizium has utterly impressed me with Devoured
And as much as I loved his own songchoice to accompany it – Kyuss Demon Cleaner – it immediately brought to mind something else I love…

Shinedown – Devour

Take it and take it and take it and take it all
Take is and take it and take it until you take us all
Smash it and crash it and thrash it and trash it
You know they’re only toys
Try it you’ll like it don’t hide it don’t fight it, just let it out
Steal and shoot it and kill it or take another route
Take it and take it and take it
You know they’re only toys

Devour Devour
Suffocate you own empire
Devour Devour
It’s your final hour

Devour Devour
Stolen like a foreign soul
Devour Devour
What a way to go!

You want it you want it you want it
Well here it is
Everything everything everything
Isn’t so primi

Rat Rhymes on 2 January 2010

Dear peoples…

As always, my weekend was blessed with good poetry and stirring performances at the Mallow Rat Rhymes. We were indoors and treated to such lovely poets as host RaymondoAntonio, Steve Smart, Karl Schenk, Teira and, of course, me! Alongside audience members such as Christine and Suzan – a divine day! My guess is that about 20 people filled the room – much more than one might have guessed so soon to the New Year

Anyways, I carry a small red notebook in my bag and jotted down some gems of lines (copyrighted to the respective artists – just briefly noted here as a means of sharing the inspiration). As always, if people don’t like any of their own lines being present in my journal, please let me know and I’ll remove them promptly!

RaymondoAntonio was very shiny and romantic, sh

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