Tuesday, 31 January 2017

APAD 31: The End



The End

Of the day
the music
the snacks
the cuppa

the challenge
the list
the month
the poem

Monday, 30 January 2017

APAD 30: Leaving Home



Leaving Home

garden gnomes and paintings
heating unit and air con
dishwasher and stove
gone

her parents built this house
she was born here
grew up here
nursed her mum here

time for a fresh, fresh start
in a new house
with hilly views
and a small garden

she’ll miss the park
the knowing it all
she’ll not miss the next-door
early morning loudcar

she’ll close the driveway gates
one last time
drive away in her new car
to her new life and her plan
never to look back

Sunday, 29 January 2017

APAD 29: Going Bush



Going Bush

Heading out west with my Akubra hat
where no highrisers lean on the road
no buses, no trains, no bikes
just me a-wandering on

I’m taking the emptiest highway
past the spit-spat of houses
and cossets of trees
at the end of frayed ribbon tracks

golden-stubbled emptiness
sheep-dotted, cow-pocked
bound by sad-sagging fences
down-beaten by emus and roos

the world’s your oyster out here
though your oyster looks drier each year
your hat does duty as flyswat
and there’s nothing much wrong with that