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)


Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Picture by Willow who hosts Magpie Tales
Magpie Tales #61
(NOTE: This verse form is a pathya vat from Cambodia)

Peeling echoes
Dregs of past lives
Fractured with knives
Polluted wine

In golden lights
You were my vine
You were my shrine
My sacred crow

Hosted by Willow


thingy said...

It's beautiful and haunting.

Anonymous said...

When I read this I think...the wine is a reminder of past (now lost) happiness, but perhaps also part of the cure. This had a sweet melancholy feel. Good job. Vb

Margaret Pangert said...

I loved your response to this image! Yes, memories are golden, but even the best of relationships/situations/times can turn sour. A knife. Wine gone bad...

Lisa said...

I love the beauty in this piece.


Martin H. said...

Nice poem, and form.

Anonymous said...

perfect words for the photograph and a lovely poetry form. ♥

Isabel Doyle said...

I liked the sacred crows very much

gautami tripathy said...

Great writing!

physics of it all

earlybird said...

I love this 'Peeling echoes/Dregs of past lives' - beautifully put.

Anonymous said...

I love how these eight little lines say so much... beautiful write.

Reflections said...

Powerful few words, say so much more than it would appear. Nice.

Tumblewords: said...

Strong and lovely!

Trellissimo said...

Another new form. Most interesting.

Steve Isaak said...

Well-written, solid, good use of short verse-lineage.

Vinay said...

polluted wine.. dregs of past lives.. some great imagery for the image, Gemma :) it was nice. Pathya vat? nice form too, will look into it.

Tess Kincaid said...


Promising Poets Parking Lot said...

apt one...

beautiful write…

Invite you to join poets rally week 42 by sharing a free verse today.

You will love the encouragements you get once you are in and make commitment.

Your poetry rocks!

awards for you!

Hope to see you in!
Have A Blessed Easter!



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