Greener Grass

Watching children playing through the fencing posts at home The Elementary School in play recess My Mother holding firmly just in case I try to roam, For I would like to join them I confess. Their happy shouts of laughter at release from teacher’s voice, Arithmetic and English out of mind Rather be out playing…

MODERN LIFE

  Line stretched long and movement slow People stand in helpless daze, Some have stood from sunrise glow Waiting in this human maze   Money spent and unemployed, Hunger burning deep inside, Destiny a hopeless void On the streets they must reside.   Forman takes one man aside Steers him through the open gate, Probably…

Out Riding

  Off with a flash I spurred the horse to test the animal’s strength, On sandy track near a water course as I rode to explore its length.   The wind on my face refreshed that day The horse felt me urging on Through a briar patch, and it’s sad to say I emerged with…

Lover’s Quarrel

  He turned away from Suzy’s ire A look of hurt upon his face, Her words were like a burning fire So now he’d leave this dismal place! He’d come home with some roses white So happy to be home at last, But Suzy bursting for a fight Had met him with a verbal blast…

Love Betrayed

  Seems it happened long ago So in love and fancy free, Paused to let her memories flow “Said he was in love with me?”   Longed to see him at the door Every evening without fail, Heart skipped when his face she saw Quickly moving down the trail   Then one day he said…

Man’s Inhumanity

  Children of the cruel war stand dumb As from above the bombs rain down, Youngest sucking on her thumb Thinking in the dust she’ll drown. One girl rummaged from her treasure views An IPad dusty, covered brown, Wipes it clean to inputs daily news Trusting battery won’t let down; Hoping there to change how…

Another Day on the Land

  Dancing leaves all greet the sun Now the day has just begun. Pigeon coos to lend support, Finished with the insect caught.   Flowers reaching to the sky Bending with their dew supply Add to chorus morning came Flaunting colours without shame.   Clouds are peeping from on high On their perches in the…

Gympie Gold

  ‘Twas the early 1800’s and the word was passed around That the California gold rush had begun, And Australian freeman settlers soon were California bound Joining many hapless convicts on the run.   They ranged up and down the horse trails of this new and vibrant land Many found their wildest dreams had been…

Rescue

  By side of old lamp post he sat And watched the milling crowd, He smiled at sight of alley cat And passing traffic loud.   ‘Twas long ago he’d been right there And hastened on his way, A man like him he’d had no care Or gave the time of day.   But cares…

Negotiating the Year 2015

Struggling with a lonely life Anxious in this time of strife, Dealing with a life of pain Hoping for financial gain, Children causing parent’s grief Wishing for some time relief. You need a friend! Seeing someone struggle too Is there something you can do? Troubles in this world abound What solution can be found? Suffering…

Claire

Very early morning as the sun peeps at my bed I take the blankets off and rub my eye, If I linger I could sleep some more but I’ll get up instead My sisters still asleep give gentle sigh. Time to visit Grampie so he’ll play a game with me, I like to wake him…

Mesmerized

Ralphie stooped to tie a shoe adjust his helmet grey And paused to wish the Mali a good bye, Then started on his journey on this happy holiday Squinting at the weeping cloudy sky In the distance he could see a silhouette on yonder rocky hill For the Parsee Tower of Silence was his aim…