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)


Monday, January 10, 2011

Journey and The Road Ahead

Collage by Gemma Wiseman ~ One of the roads in my Mornington Peninsula world that I often travel and a wine bottle from a Christmas party.
Monday Poetry Potluck #17 ~ Journey and The Road Ahead

I know You are there...

Reaching into unfiltered sands
Like a shipping channel
But with seasonal warnings attached...

Offering me an umbrella
Convertible for
The chance of rain
Or sun...
But not so good on those
Windy days...

Yet always
I know You are there...

I feel like a pioneer...
Some days
Bumping along in a home-made wagon...
Other days
Cast adrift
In a dinghy...

Scorching sun
The hollow pain of aching for
Holistic food...

And all the while I know
I am committed
To walk
Ride or sail or drive
Maybe run
Maybe fly

I know You are there
Going somewhere...
For I taste the scents of questions
Sweet eagerness
Spicey concern
And ultimately know...


I dream of Your precious chalice
Always waiting for my celebratory wine to pour
And fill...
You tease me with
A brief whiff...)
Exclusive vintage from
My watery, limpid tomorrows
Magically turned into the wine of memories...

But I do understand just one thing...
I need to tread the grapes
In naked feet
My yellow brick road
To meet me

Jingle Poetry's Monday Poetry Potluck is hosted by Amanda and Kavita


Lily Hydrangea said...

That is really beautiful Gemma! It sounds like a modern take on ancient wisdom, really nicely done.
I love how you added the yellow in your collage too.

Anonymous said...

Cute write up.
Enjoyed a ton.

Anonymous said...

oh ok! trampling grapes to yelow brick road.. thats nice! here’s my new year potluck-

Jingle said...

magical capture of your kind of journey..

love the flow.


Jingle Poetry said...

Thanks for the lovely participation, Happy Tuesday!

Potluck Week 17 Treat/Awards 4 You, Enjoy!



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