When the music calls

Monash University auditorium

The stage is set

Lights fade creating shadowy figures

moving between empty chairs

Cello bows rise in unison

while the viola brings forth it’s inner voice

The soft melody pulls

repressed emotions form past loss

whilst the song of the rhythm stick exposes your true nature

from my mind

Resounding drumming resonates

through your spirit world

and into my soul

Escape is a vanishing idea

with reality questioned

Age has worn my whole being

the music draws me forward

I surrender to the unknown embrace

A lost World

Dawn signals the opening of the doorway

between future space continuum

and past cataclysmic events

We have become alien

living on our birth home

unable to stop the decay

Ancient graves fill the red zoned landscape

with ingrained stories of old

Finally at the boundary

when light will be lost forever

hope of a new beginning is revealed

Past discretions are written in volumes

of psychological thrillers

where technology organised all intelligence

and made the decisions on the human path taken

Lives were shaped by other people’s choices

that have now destroyed our home world

Stepping forward into the unknown horizon

with the distant red earth in mind

life changes for the brave

Rainforest Faeries

Experimental photography – dragonfly Far North Queensland, Australia 2020

After the monsoon rains

sunbeams caress rainforest foliage.

Birds of paradise spread their silken wings

and dance to the call of love.

Chambers of broad leaf ferns

bend in a calm greeting to forest floor dwelers

where Orchids bloom

beside Angel Wing Begonias.

Mischievous faeries dare to roam

throughout the high canopy

mimicking chattering bird calls

that travel downward and across wooded landscape,

crossing borders between humanity and the enchanted.

Flickers of movement within Ragwort climbers,

behind ancient stone heaps

cannot be caught on film,

for fear of becoming a substitute changeling.

With the softest touch

the Guardian Angel of the rainforest

strokes the warm, nebulous land

bringing peace to the kingdom

and silence enters the unknown world,

where dragonflies unfurl their wings.

Dreaming

William Ricketts sanctuary, Mount Dandenong Observatory Victoria, Australia

The space between broken lines

dances across stone and moss

creating rainbows in 3D

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Wild vibrations

move in synchronization

producing deep evocative laughter

from hidden ghosts

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It devours the mind

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Psychic energy displaced

within decayed walls

extracts memories

of distorted night time creatures

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Multicoloured shapes weave side to side

echoing high pitched, mechanical screams

that escape between the dream worlds

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Freezing air cuts deep into flesh

until it bleeds into worn fissures

sending a message

in foreign correspondence

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Fracturing the impossible hallucinations

takes corage and belief

in a world beyond normality

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Anticipation builds

immediately upon the world’s silence.

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Just before dawn breaks

across the barrier of darkness,

the world stops spinning

as the angel of daylight

heralds the arrival

of the opening of the gateway

Natures magic

Photo taken Far Nth Qld, Australia

I stand in awe

where the wild roses grow

Sweet perfume overwhelms me

enticing me

to surrender

and lay my body down

In between Eves garden flowers

grown over years gone by

with Mother Natures tender touch

there is an impressive display

of bright stars above

that delight the senses

A flash of a shooting star

gives the gift of surprise as the world turns

aligning with the moon

shining it’s soft light down

upon me

It brings the explosion of life

in oceans older than the earth

and coral reefs bursting with colour

Connection with this magic

brings the pleasure of

natures music to share.

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Grade 4 – (me, front row far left) Happy days

The old school desk

weathered and dark in tint

faded memories

in  carved initials on wooden lids

mask secret lovers messages

left behind

Isolation Dreaming

Sinister voices

reach within silent crevices

in synchronization with disfigured fingers

striking chords

across exposed skin

Overwhelming body spasms

take hold

before sleep paralysis

controls escape

Relentless faces

mouthing desperate pleas for help

then feeding on pulsating

hidden fears

Walls rise and fall

twist and turn

inside and out

until up becomes down

The now weightless figures

begin to pass

between rainbow lights

intertwining to become one

corrupt form

Amethyst thorns

tap into the mind

seeking out pathways

to foresee the future

With renewed strength

I open the jade door before me

and follow the vision

of the blue eyed raven in flight

toward a new day

After the Tempest

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Canberra ACT, Australia

 

Hungry flames ignite the landscape

in a raging tempest

 confusion and disorder

create an augmented reality

 reducing all to ash

in a 3-D landscape 

The beast within devouring fuel

until the welcome respite begins 

and life breathes anew

with heaven’s rain

 

Travelling to the unknown

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The moonlight shimmered across the rising tide water

The waves lapped the shoreline

with the wash smoothing the sand

of past footsteps

Days have been numbered

before the minds of the elders

decided if the sights of the city

disappear

 

I drink in the cool sea mist

reclaiming long ago memories

that may be torn away

with the world I have known

 

Friends and strangers connect with silent stares

all too afraid to ask

‘Are we there yet?’

 

Every person’s journey to this point

an unwanted reality or a happy confrontation

Different with past experiences

but now we are on the same path

 

All that is left here on the path

is the spirit of survival

whilst an outsider, minor few

decide the fate of many

 

It’s time for me to choose

isolation and turn away

or give my life with the many

on the dreaded roller-coaster

before my travels are over

 

 

Dark Words

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When the sunlight touches my skin

I smell the wildflowers

embracing all extraordinary moments

I surrender to your words

and respect the insight

that reveals the truth

Savouring strange encounters

creates difference beyond expectations

with the flavour of life

beneath the ageless tree that stands beside

cascading white frothed water

the sunlight warms the earth

before the mist and darkness falls

concealing the path back to normalcy

In between, contrasting conditions,

I will weave thoughts

of commanding the guard to subdue you

Until your words

become the ghosts of the past

and the sunlight touches my skin

once more