Tuesday, August 30, 2016

early morning traffic lights
in the passenger seat 
sparrow song


Thursday, August 18, 2016

A brisk wind blows in the darkness of the morning – the hum of commuting traffic competes with the gentle rhythm of waves lapping the foreshore – lights in windows of awakening houses on the surrounding hills of the city ignite slowly – flickering in the silhouette of waving trees – and slowly in the coldness of the harbour’s shadows windows move – gliding out from the city hills into the blackness of the unseen harbour Heads –

the channel ferry's lights
escape the city's glow
this winter morning

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

morning fog
at the corner
a streetlamp’s aura

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

outdoor café
a pigeon pecks at crumbs
a cigarette butt

Monday, August 15, 2016

in the shade
a wind chime hangs silent
– sparrows

Sunday, August 14, 2016

morning frost
a blackbird hops
boisterously

Saturday, August 13, 2016

early morning
across the highway barrier
headlights joust

Friday, August 12, 2016

morning silence
beyond the fog –
what?

Thursday, August 11, 2016

rain on my roof
in the conifer
a starling sings

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

late morning –
a neighbour's light
through winter trees

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

no wind –
clouds cap
snow-capped hills

Monday, August 8, 2016

early morning
delivery trucks hazard lights –
synchronise

Sunday, August 7, 2016

low tide –
a black swan
stands tall

Saturday, August 6, 2016

cold rain
under a parked car
a starling shakes its head

Friday, August 5, 2016

a cold wind
sparrows –
fly silent

Thursday, August 4, 2016

after the funeral
a cold wind
sweeps the courtyard

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

swollen river
a gull lands
on a drying rock

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

on the back of a truck,
workmen dump building debris,
haphazardly –
outside the art gallery

Monday, August 1, 2016

torrential rain
the Peace Lilly
stays calm

Saturday, January 25, 2014

mindful stone - 25 Jan 2014

warm breeze
through the window
a fly on each side

Friday, January 24, 2014

mindful stone - 24 Jan 2014

waiting for crumbs
a one legged pigeon
leans into the wind

Thursday, January 23, 2014

mindful stone - 23 Jan 2014

clear blue sky
more prominent than the sun
the noon day moon 










Monday, January 20, 2014

mindful stone - 20 Jan 2014

birds 

silence


RUMBLE
RATTLE
<<< E A R T H Q U A K E >>>

silence

birds 

Sunday, January 19, 2014

mindful stone - 19 Jan 2014

the full moon
its glow suppressed
by the greedy clouds

Saturday, January 18, 2014

mindful stone - 18 Jan 2014

sheltered from wind,
a branch twitches
with playful sparrows

Friday, January 17, 2014

mindful stone - 17 Jan 2014

walking down
the broken escalator
feeling
for the next

                  
                   step
   

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

mindful stone - 14 Jan 2014

sign on the window
of a closed print shop:
"shop for lease"

I stand beside it,
reading from 
a smartphone

Monday, January 13, 2014

mindful stone - 13 Jan 2014

The
s    l     o      w    
w       a                 k
on the first day back
to work
this New Year

Thursday, January 9, 2014

mindful stone - 9 Jan 2014

A cold wind,
he wears a t-shirt,
shorts,
sunglasses,
determined –
to enjoy the summer

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

mindful stone - 8 Jan 2014

the young thrush
pokes it head through my back door,
showing no fear,
yet I fear for its innocence,
the innocence of nature


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

mindful stone - 7 Jan 2014

hanging washing out
with eyes on the clouds
to avoid
another rinse cycle

Monday, January 6, 2014

mindful stone - 6 Jan 2014

a break in the rain
the peaceful chirp of birds -
constant drone of lawnmowers

Sunday, January 5, 2014

mindful stone - 5 Jan 2014

one man
one fly
one room
one summer night –

zzzzzz –BUZZZZZZ – zzz  BUZZZZZZ – BUZZZZZZ – BUZZZZZZ

Saturday, January 4, 2014

mindful stone - 4 Jan 2014

no children’s laughter
on the street,
no birds on high branches –
no mountains today


Friday, January 3, 2014

mindful stone - 3 Jan 2014

new moon 
the powerful wind
travels unseen

Thursday, January 2, 2014

mindful stone - 2 Jan 2014

gail force winds,
the loudest noise
still -
a dripping tap

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

mindful stone - 1 Jan 2014

New Year’s Day
a thrush stares at me
quizzically

Monday, January 14, 2013

mindful stone - 14 January 2013

calm harbour
sliced in half
by the rain

Sunday, January 13, 2013

mindful stone - 13 January 2013

on the television news,
bush fires in Australia;
outside –
heavy rain falls

Friday, January 11, 2013

mindful stone - 11 January 2013

passing a billboard
advertising an air show
images of fighter planes —
beauty masking their true nature
 

Thursday, January 10, 2013

mindful stone - 10 January 2013

street performers
Dire Straits drown out
Bob Dylan

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

mindful stone - 9 January 2013

cold rain,
clouds part,
blue sky,
a leaf falls ,
on this —
summer morning

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

mindful stone - 8 January 2013

people standing
on almost every street corner
looking down at a street map —
a cruise ship has docked

Monday, January 7, 2013

mindful stone - 7 January 2013

ancient eastern tradition
balancing rocks and stones
modern western shortcut
cement and wire

Sunday, January 6, 2013

mindful stone - 6 January 2013

the vagrant spider
looked cross 
at being disturbed


Saturday, January 5, 2013

mindful stone - 5 January 2013

shortening shadows
garden implements
lay idle
popping pine cones
startle a small bird

Friday, January 4, 2013

mindful stone - 4 January 2013

buying a suit,
the young shop assistant
talks with an accent,
either from the playing fields of Eaton,
or over exposure to Downtown Abby

Thursday, January 3, 2013

mindful stone - 3 January 2013

first working day of the new year
the traffic is not in a rush

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

mindful stone - 2 January 2013

the northerly wind
arouses the noisy trees

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

mindful stone - 1 January 2013

a conversation of birds
sitting on the telephone line

Sunday, January 29, 2012

a river of stones - Jan 29 2012

no matter how much care
is taken when mowing the lawn,
there are always two
and only two
dandelions left standing 

Thursday, January 26, 2012

a river of stones - Jan 26 2012

gale force winds,
at the traffic lights
cars rock
to nature’s beat

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

a river of stones - Jan 25 2012

the surrounding hills are not there, the morning mist lingers still
sea birds swoop and dive, freely above the becalmed harbour 
my eyes create my world, birds exist but the hills can never be.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

a river of stones - Jan 24 2012

clear night sky
and still no moon
a chorus of birds
erupts in the early evening
blissfully unperturbed
by the dragon’s arrival




Monday, January 23, 2012

a river of stones - Jan 23 2012

no moon tonight?
there it is!
newly born

Sunday, January 22, 2012

a river of stones - Jan 22 2012

sun in the puddle
sun in the window
sun in the sky
so many suns yet —
forecast for rain

Saturday, January 21, 2012

a river of stones - Jan 21 2012

examining tea leaves,
the only future
that is certain –
is theirs



Friday, January 20, 2012

a river of stone - Jan 20 2012

walking past the noisy
construction site,
the teenager
turns up his iPod

Thursday, January 19, 2012

a river of stones- Jan 19 2012

fire drill –
he finishes an email,
grabs his mobile phone
and coat
before leaving

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

a river of stones - Jan 18 2012

on top of the hotel
various country’s flags
flapping violently together
but independently
determining their own use
of the wind to gain prominence