“But I always think that the best way to know God is to love many things.”
~ Vincent van Gogh

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Saying Hello

Preparing for bed, I hear
the small cat noises I'm used to,
brief conversational murmurs
or a soft greeting.

But he's outside
and out of earshot,
my old black cat.

So I know
which little ghost greets me
from her favourite spot
nearby.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Sun Jewels on Rainy Day

The rain is so steady and the sky so grey
even my cat doesn’t want to go out,
yet the little yellow Sun Jewels
in the pot on my veranda
still reach, bright and cheery, for the light.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Another Rainy Day











The rain falls hard
yet the wind is blowing it harder
slantwise across the street.
The Noisy Miner birds
have changed their usual squawk
to a pitiful cheep, as if
begging for rescue.


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Dragonfly on the Back Step

Great black lacy wings.
Long thin body
like a misshapen wire
bulging at one end,
appearing twisted.

I decide it's dead or damaged.
With one finger
I push it gently over the edge
of the low, flat step
to the ground between step and wall.

Still those big wings extend
up past the side of the step.
'Poor thing,' I think, and wonder
if it was I who trod on it. Could I
have failed to notice?
When I come back, it's gone.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Green Things in Pots


I have a square white ceramic pot of chives and a long terra cotta coloured pot of gota cola. Both plants are thriving from all the hot sunshine interspersed with heavy rain. So is the plant in the small round white ceramic pot. I am pleased to see them flourishing. I feel a responsibility to Karen and Manfred who gave me these precious gifts when they went travelling. I must keep them all alive to show my appreciation. And indeed I do appreciate. I thought I would quickly use up the chives but they keep growing back long and strong. There is always more to add to my salad. And the gota cola is wildly abundant. I know I must have only three leaves a day to help my memory. I could feed the whole town!