(Hour 03) 12.30-01.30am. PROMPT, walk & talk

post mid night walk

the thermometer’s
reluctantly stuck
at 2.9° wishing it
were inside (as do i)

breath polar bears
toes wet lungs
yellow halfmoon stars
dead tree silhouettes

empty heart aches
like a mime alone
without wind with
out their — trapped

in an invisible box trick.
there will be frost by dawn



(Hour 02) 11.30-12.30am. PROMPT, magic

a sort of sorcery

born from the tiniest spark
it can rip the chill from a room
or consume entire forests
birth dragons, electrify wands
enchant dogs, illuminate the hidden
draw stories from strangers
mesmerise us till only embers

crackle whisper roar



(Hour 01) 10.30-11.30pm. PROMPT: “I am” x6

iambic paratrooper

although I am diametrically
opposed to any & all kinds of violence,
when artistic militiamen stormed
parliament my heart’s diameter
swiftly exploded into diamond shards.
iambic paratroopers might bring peace.


(Hour 23) 20.30pm-21.30pm. PROMPT, theme: “place”

the swing

somewhere near
my childhood
a swing hangs
from the branch
of an old tree
which leans
over the edge
of a cliff
often filled
with mist

an ancient house
hides nearby
only a few
family members
know of this
tree’s odd power
to transform
simple oscillation
into time travel
& space flight

(Hour 22) 19.30pm-20.30pm. PROMPT, game: “title”

Prompt 22. Choose a title from the five offered. Write a poem. I have. & it may be the best poem of my careerEither that or I am incredibly tired. But let’s go with the former.

Möbius’ Strip

she sure wasn’t
the greatest dancer
in the world
or even the club

but she had this
amazing way
of bending minds
so you never knew

if she was taking clothes off
or putting them back on

(Hour 21) 18.30pm-19.30pm. PROMPT, genre: “letter / start with dear”

times like these

dear M———

at times like these : my thoughts turn : once again

would i have been happier : if i remained here : if i never met : never loved : never lost : you : if i stayed : where i grew up : like so many of my friends : & married a girl : i went to school with : & did some kind of work : farm work : or in a vineyard : i suppose : i don’t really know : had my quota of kids : my house : my mortgage : coached a local sports team : lived : my share : of the Australian dream

if those five years : with you : never happened : if my heart : didn’t ache — every day for what i lost

for that madness : that glory : that intoxication : that honey : that sunshine : that bird wing : that waterfall : that beehive buzz : that cigarette burn : that sea salt : that sugar rush : that open door : that glimpse of white ; that spark rising from the fire = that leaf in the stream = that droplet that prisms a rainbow = that unique flake of snow = that light in the sky = that helicopter seed = that dandelion ball = the morning dew

(Hour 20) 17.30pm-18.30pm. PROMPT, genre: “ekphrasis”

fable of a fairy tale

One of Aesop’s foxes ; Ted, Goldilocks’ Papa Bear ;
& Little Red stirring it through Soviet 60’s suburbia
in the strident bright sunshine.

Cinderella has run away to the city (again)
& they want to bring her home (again)
even though they know, she won’t want to go

they’re not sure what the moral here is
or what archetype they each need to portray
but they know it will all resolve itself

in the end it usually does : these three
characters on a mission in the suburban sun

(Hour 19) 16.30pm-17.30pm. PROMPT, : “common phrases used in a context where you would not usually hear them”

Pardon me: or 11 things you’ll never hear Presidential Candidate Drumpf say.

““An ‘extremely credible source’ has called my office and told me that Barack Obama’’s birth certificate is a fraud.”
Pardon me, I’m making this shit up as I go along.

“I am being proven right about massive vaccinations. The doctors lied. Save our children and their future.”
Pardon me, I’m not really an anti-vaxxer.

“I will build a great wall – and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me –& I’’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, & I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.””
Pardon me, for all the many many funny things about this.

My fingers are long and beautiful, as, it has been well documented, are various other parts of my body.”
Pardon me, I’m very insecure.

“My IQ is one of the highest— and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure; it’s not your fault.”
Pardon me, I’m very insecure AND practising my standup comedy routine.

“President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are founder and co-founder of ISIS.”
Pardon me, I now want you to know I was being sarcastic.“

“The beauty of me is that I’’m very rich.””
Pardon me, I’m obviously aware in this context, beauty is skin deep.

“26,000 unreported sexual assaults in the military. Only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?”
Pardon me, I didn’t mean to imply rape is inevitable between men & women.

“You know, it really doesn’’t matter what the media write as long as you’’ve got a young, and beautiful, piece of ass.””
Pardon me, I’m being a pervy old white guy.

““I’’ve said if Ivanka weren’’t my daughter, perhaps I’’d be dating her.””
Pardon me, I’m being the most pervy old white guy anyone could possibly be.

“I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
Oops. Pardon me. He’s never going to say that.