AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes

AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes
I love a sunburnt country / A land of sweeping plains / Of ragged mountain ranges / Of droughts and flooding rains / I love her far horizons / I love her jewel-sea / Her beauty and her terror / The wide brown land for me / ~ Dorothea Mackellar (1885-1968)


Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A cargo ship sailing Port Phillip Bay - as seen from my verandah in the Dromana Hills, Mornington Peninsula
3WW #CCVIII ~ engulf + imminent + tamper
Sensational Haiku Wednesday prompt ~ Stress

Schedules engulf care
Cargo weights tamper with speed
Imminent crisis

Deep frowns engulf life
Pain and stress tamper with smiles
Imminent darkness

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Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Those electric wires in your photo remind me of my mother's Uncle Everett. I remember seeing him several times as a child and being fascinated by his almost total lack of fingers. Except for his thumbs and one forefinger, he had stumps where the fingers used to be, because as a child, on a dare, he touched some high-powered electric lines and fried off his digits. It's a wonder he wasn't killed!

I congratulate you on being able to incorporate so many disparate prompt words into an intelligible haiku!

See my follow-up post about the situation in my classes: Body English

And thank you, Gemma!

Rinkly Rimes said...

We're both rather 'dark' this week. I suppose the words lead us that way.

thecivol said...

You did a great job melding these two memes together in your haiku. I am impressed. Your poems are smooth, coherent and emotional.

haisley said...

Hi Gemma.... its your photo ad haiku

christopher said...

Interesting how the words percolate and create a mood. My thing ended in catastrophe.

Bloggin'withAmanda said...

very slick working your 3 word Wednesday into the haiku,perfect for thsi week!

Amity said...

Superb...few words packed into a quite dark existence and reality like mine! I guess the prompts call for one, right?

Deborah said...

Very good, I could see the words picture on someones face as I read the second one, well done!

Dreamer said...

Love the way you linked the pic to the first stanza and that to the third.Happy 3WW :)

Anonymous said...

Imminent darkness... I love the doom that line makes one feel upon reading it. Perfect closing to the previous ones.
Great writing and gorgeous picture.
Happy 3WW. Mine is up as well.

Priyanka Bhowmick said...

a beautiful combination of both the Haiku. very smartly and well penned!

Nanka said...

Beautiful Haikus and loved the pic very much The Cargo ship reminded me of the one I had been on .

Pain and stress tamper with smiles... so much of truth in that.

Anonymous said...

Excellent Haiku's my friend. :) One can only hope that it doesn't last long so that the smiles return and bring on imminent light :) Have a wonderful Wednesday :)

Victoria said...

So well done and the image is perfect.

Anonymous said...

Wow! That was deep! Good Haiku!

Jenn @ Youknow...that Blog? said...

Stress certainly does tamper with smiles - great use of our theme this week! Well done :)

Angel said...

The second is my favorite.

gautami tripathy said...

I love the first one!

colours lay bare my soul

Anonymous said...

interesting teh way you have merged teh 2 memes :D
and the usage of words in 3WW twice :D
nice one and perfect pic :D

Sender D. said...

These are masterful. Love and Light, Sender



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