Village Birth

Manohar sat cross legged on the charpoy listening carefully. Squatting around him were some of his male relatives from this village Chandragaon. They were all making small talk to fill in time, but Manohar had other things on his mind and had shut the village out as he thought through his situation. Blaring through the…

Enemy Vanquished

It was Sunday! John groaned as he rolled over in bed trying vainly to avoid early morning sun rays creeping into his room through an open window by the bed. But soon the room was a blaze of the sun’s dominating rays and he sat up grumbling. He’d been up until the wee hours of…

Sylvester

Sylvester Cunningham carefully selected a supermarket trolley from the stack. Everything Sylvester did was contemplated and executed with methodical exactness. He was still smarting over the greeting he’d received as he approached automatic doors which led into the supermarket. Dennis Jones had spotted him heading toward the entrance and shouted a greeting. “Hi Silver!” He…

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…

Lachlan’s Lesson

Lachlan remembered clapping hands when his Dad made an announcement they’d be heading for the coast to join cousins on their traditional Christmas family get together. He remembered the excitement of that announcement. Ever since he could remember it was a custom for family to enjoy Easter on the coast, but to share this holiday…

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…

Aaron’s Quest

Aaron wandered unfamiliar streets studying buildings as he went. He was a recent arrival in Sydney. Many of these buildings had the run-down appearance of a once thriving community now in apparent disrepair. While his skin colour didn’t carry the tell-tale pinkness of a predominantly Caucasian population in most areas of this vast city darker…

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…

Fleur

Fleur sighed a contented sigh as she waited for the plane to come to a stop by the terminal at La Tontouta International Airport. She’d been too long away, but was back home at last. Glancing out the window at that familiar sight she smiled. Long ago she’d have been the one to stand facing…

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…

A Day at the Farm

John lay comfortably in the grass watching clouds dance and swirl around a clear blue expanse. No matter which way he turned it seemed a strong breeze caressing his face was playing its game with those clouds. He wondered what it would be like to fly up and join them in their dance. The birds…