Publication News

One of my poems: Once Upon A Time has been published in the Australian Poetry Anthology Volume 8 2020.

I get to know Alana
she wears leopard print dress
and flaming red nails
she plays the keyboard
in broad daylight
to fight off the blues

We talk about girly stuff
skin exfoliation
hydration mask
hair tossing
and stiletto heels

She tells me about Alan
in corroboree …

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Rush

looking out the train window
I feel the same rush of time and space
wheaten open plains move like weeping willows in the wind
lines of oil rich Eucalyptus trees casting elongated shadows on the land
the blue haze mountain backdrop vanishes into the distant clouds
they charge all at once to meet my eyes
too overwhelmed to take them in frame by frame
I feel the sudden nostalgia of old black and white flicks

 

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Painting by Virginia Bucknell

you may see more of Virginia’s paintings via: Art Lovers Australia  Weebly   Instagram

Surviving and Thriving

it is the rest period of the day without noisy food fight
the tide takes away young crabs and small fish
the gulls know of their faithful return tomorrow
one sings, another cruises, and the other grooms,
so relaxing and carefree
they are satisfied with today’s offering
thriving in a densely packed colony

 

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Painting by Virginia Bucknell

you may see more of Virginia’s paintings via: Art Lovers Australia  Weebly   Instagram

 

Choice

tread upon unknown ground
where thorn never grows
and the thistle never springs up
my instinct tells me
to follow the guiding light
narrow is the way to paradise

Painting by Virginia Bucknell

you may see more of Virginia’s paintings via: Art Lovers Australia  Weebly   Instagram

City Vibe

the city never sleeps
last night’s vibrancy
lingers around the morning twilight
flows into a new day’s excitement

Painting by Virginia Bucknell, you may see more of Virginia’s paintings via: Art Lovers Australia  Weebly   Instagram

Waratah

This poem is based on the Dreamtime Story of the Waratah

you were once white and wild
until the hawk attacked the wonga pigeon
the weak one bled on your pure form
you took on the violent crimson
guarded by razored leaves and long sword stem
today
you are a domestic icon
well known in every household

painting by Virginia Bucknell, you may see more of Virginia‚Äôs paintings via: Art Lovers Australia  Weebly   Instagram

Journey

together
we grew from riding wooden horses to raising a family
we loved and nurtured our children to be their own unique person

here we are back to where we started
at our old age, being side by side
nature generously rewards us for our tireless giving
the sunset sky radiates pink and yellow on our grey hairlines

you look at me, I look at you
in sincerity, in serenity
our journey ends peacefully
at this moment in time

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painting by Virginia Bucknell, you may see more of Virginia‚Äôs paintings via: Art Lovers Australia  Weebly   Instagram

Nana’s Kitchen

Walk pass the lemon and persimmon trees
Follow the scent trail of French earl grey
My tired eyes sparked by Nana’s broad smile
Throw myself into her wide opened arms
Expect her to rock and tickle me non stop
I can’t help but let out a string of giggles
We kiss each other in affection as always
My grey hairline and crows feet smiling eyes
Meet with Nana’s snow white glory and crisscrossed gentle gaze
Settle at the rustic farmhouse table
Share a cup of hot tea in her organic kitchen
Just like yesterday but forever ago

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painting by Virginia Bucknell, you may see more of Virginia‚Äôs paintings via: Art Lovers Australia  Weebly   Instagram

 

Flourish

My ancestors planted
a pair of blue gums
in the front yard
of our family home
in the hope that
we took roots
like them

Throughout generations
we scattered abroad
to search life’s purpose
and explored the world
outside of home’s comfort

When life was tough
we drew strength
from the smell of eucalyptus
and sought refuge
in the memory
of our elders foretold
the prosperity to come
with sheer persistence
and a grateful heart

Painting by Virginia Bucknell, you may see more of Virginia‚Äôs paintings via: Art Lovers Australia  Weebly   Instagram

I Fell in Love

I bundled every blooming flower
from my overgrown garden
to try to impress you.

You accepted them with delight,
arranged them in a vase
and preserved their vibrancy
with a palette of colours
and linseed oil.

I witnessed a gifted artist
fervently creating a masterpiece.
I knew
I was in love with you.

Painting by Virginia Bucknell, you may see more of Virginia‚Äôs paintings via: Art Lovers Australia  Weebly   Instagram