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 24, 2010

May grace linger on...

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A view of the wetlands at Coolart, Bittern, Mornington Peninsula
One Single Impression #139 ~ Grace
Haiku Heights #14 ~ Optimistic
Carry on Tuesday #76 ~ This week I’ve taken the opening line of Rupert Brooke’s poem The Soldier:
If I should die, think only this of me:

And if I should die
Please think only this of me
She knew states of grace

Wisdom's grace was hers
She taught the grace of knowledge
Optimistic soul

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Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Wow, Gemma, you did really well with all these prompts! When I went to Haiku Heights a few moments ago and found that the prompt was "optimistic," my heart sank. I have no idea what I'm going to do with that. I'm not very optimistic about my chances of coming up with a haiku that incorporates that word or thought. But you, my dear, have done a stellar job, giving your readers a feast for eyes and ears (because who reads poetry silently?) and soul. Thank you!

Genie said...

Your first comment says it all beautifully. Yes, you are so amazing n the way you incorporate your haiku and you photography. See this shot this morning makes me think of yesterday when we were up on the North mountain hiking in all the fall color. My husband suddenly stumbled upon a gorgeous rhododendron bloom at the END of October. It was an unbelievable sight which I will post soon. I am still in awe of what we saw. This bloom is lovely - so graceful as it ungulates toward the calm water. Great capture and a great way to start the day for me :-)

Harshad mehta said...

A Graceful Soul!

SandyCarlson said...

You capture a beautiful, noble way to live. Well said.

Strummed Words said...

Optimistic grace. Lovely.

Sweetest in the Gale said...

Uplifting and wise words...beautiful photo!

OMJ said...

"Optimistic soul" Beautiful lines and beautiful image!

Teresa said...

Both haiku are lovely. They give such a peaceful, satisfied feeling.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Just simply lovely.

spiritsoflena said...

beautiful and strong-- I really enjoyed it.

keiths ramblings said...

A great way to be remembered. Delightful.

Rene/ Not The Rockefellers said...

beautiful thoughts on grace

The Write Girl said...

Beautiful poetry. I love the inspiration you've drawn from The Soldier. Thank you for sharing his work.

Sumit Sarkar said...

Wow...wonderful haikus...the first one is very powerful...
-Sumit Sarkar

Ramesh Sood said...

Truly wonderful words these.. loved each line..

gautami tripathy said...

Splendid thoughts...

numbers go nutty while I watch

Maureen said...

A grace-filled poem. Nice inclusion of all the prompts.

Amity said...

Hi Gemma,

That could well make for a beautiful part of one's epitaph! I would like that too! :D

umapoems said...

vivid thoughts.Optimistic!

Christine said...

A profound end! :-) I truly savored that last line.

senderupwords said...

Such complexity mastered so simply. Love and Light, Sender

Elizabeth said...

I found a great deal of satisfaction, both in your image, but especially your words.


Bloggin'withAmanda said...

Gemma you did do quite well combining grace with the lines from The Soldier into a haiku, well done indeed!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Lovely Gemma. It's a good haiku for a teacher -- optimistic souls if they are good.

Jingle said...

a true uplifting note.

Kerry O'Connor said...

Optimism is a great legacy.

Dan Baker said...

Hi, a fellow Melbournian! Great blog, and beautiful words and photos!

Tammie Lee said...

lovely piece and post~

Whitesnake said...

And people have no idea why I come here....sheer brialliance!

Leo said...

I like how you blended both prompts, Grace and Optimistic.. you've made a double ku ten times as beautiful :)



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