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)


Sunday, October 10, 2010

Cleansing Burn Out

Pic by Gemma wiseman ~ One of the sculptures on the outside wall of the Holocaust Museum, Elsternwick, Melbourne
One Single Impression #137 ~ Lonely
Haiku Heights #12 ~ Blemish
Writer's Island 2010 ~ Prompt #24 ~ Envision
Carry on Tuesday #74 ~ John Lennon would have been 70 years old this October 9th.
It is therefore fitting that our prompt this week is the opening line of one of his songs, Beautiful Boy:
Close your eyes, have no fear....

Holocaust burnings
Scorched blemish from yesterdays
A furnace of tears

Lonely dark heartaches
Cursed tensions from tragedies
Contaminate peace

Move on with hope
And close your eyes, have no fear
Mend a broken mind

Let memories rest
Envision fire as a phoenix
Cleanse a broken soul

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Genie said...

This picture is so simple and so beautiful...and it says so much. Your writing was lovely. What a wonderful sculpture. I had never thought of a Holocaust in Melboure. I took 7th graders to Washing to the one there and each time I would cry when I saw the piles of shoes thy had to take off before going into the “showers”. So very sad, but a beautiful post.

gs batty said...

mending a broken soul...interesting
nice writing

nimaruichi said...

Fire as phoenix...

shanegenziuk said...

Wise words, but It's hard to move on, even for those that never lived through it.

The first story I wrote after a long absence was on this period, and some later ones also. There is something about the inhumanity of it the act, hard to move past.

Amity said...

These haikus are real treat to your readers like me...i like that best part, about being reborn like a phoenix, stronger and more capable...:-)

Thanks for your entry to HH, it's my prompt and i am happy of your participation Gemma... :-)

Happy Sunday to you!

Marja said...

Hope is resting in your words. Well written. I visited a concentration camp in Europe. It is very overwelming

Ramesh Sood said...

Loved them.. I have put two posts this time.. one is full of felt nice because each of your haiku made me smile.. Thanks Gemma.. have a happy time..

BLOGitse said...

That picture is overwhelming and beautiful...
Hope - that's what we need every day...

Sumit Sarkar said...

Beautiful...Loved them all... :)

Harshad mehta said...

Cleansing a broken heart... is the best part.

Loved all Haiku.

vivinfrance said...

Touching haiku. The line "Contaminate peace" shouted at me. As did "cleanse a broken soul."

Kerry O'Connor said...

There is a lot going on in this minimalist verse. You present very thought-provoking images.

Deborah said...

Envision fire as a phoenix
Cleanse a broken soul

I love this.

Sweetest in the Gale said...

A furnace of tears...that says it all. Such touching words..I enjoyed all of your haikus.

Jingle said...

powerful take.
fabulous writing!

Nalini Hebbar said...

powerful photo...the holocaust's painful emotions brought out perfectly...Splendid!

gautami tripathy said...

I am touched by all. You have great insight!

dad, farther and farther away

OMJ said...

You captured so much with so few words! "A furnace of tears" - may we never forget!

Whitesnake said...

It is always a pleasure to visit here and gain insight to so many different things....

Elizabeth said...

So much here, to know, to understand. "Furnace of tears" stands out as it should. The mending of broken minds and souls, many lifetimes of work,


Collective Epiphanies said...

All are powerfully rich and creatively expressed. Full of emotion, very nice!

Thank you for stopping by. Have a great week.

umapoems said...

All are beautifully written Haikus ..liked them :)

Aoife.Troxel said...

Cleanse a broken soul indeed! Beautifully written.

Reflections said...

Hope lies here resting, awaiting it's chance to cleanse the soul...

Nicely written haiku... and haiku...

Strummed Words said...

Very appropriate verses for Blemish haiky.

Strummed Words said...

Very nice words for the Blemish haiku.



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