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)

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Sterile Lace


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A Dromana street edited in Picnik (just to suit the nature of the following poem!)
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One Shot Wednesday #42
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Strained
Streetscape
Sterile lace
Grand money craft
Everyone's wrapped in their own images
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*NOTES:
1. This poetic form is called tetractys....1.2.3.4.10
2. hedgewitch has written a stunning, Italian sonnet called Compost of Earthly Delights:
This nightmare of strange bedfellows slapped into a music hall sonnet of dignity is like a walk through a sideshow alley of freak shows! Fear and fascination keep us walking! An amazing piece!


One Shot Wednesday is hosted by American Poets Brian Miller, Leslie Moon & Adam Dustus and British Poet Pete Marshall

9 comments:

hedgewitch said...

Wow--thanks for the kind words here on your own site on top of your comment at my place, which I greatly enjoyed. Much appreciated.

Have heard of this form and haven't run across any examples of it before--I like what you've done with it, stark and uncomfortably true, esp. the money part. Excellent piece.

JL Dodge said...

Gemma, you are so very talented !! love what you did with this form !
JL&B

Brian Miller said...

that last line will snap your neck...good wake up truth...

James Rainsford said...

Thank you for your comments on my poem for One Shot Wednesday. They are greatly appreciated.

Brendan said...

This is the quintessence of what we call the suburb - the myopia of Me My Mine. - Brendan

Claudia said...

i got wrapped in the picture - wow - beautiful...and your words are so true..

Jannie Funster said...

"Everyone's wrapped in their own images" I think I shall go around the rest of the day thinking and saying that.

Bravo!

And namaste to you too, my lovely new friend.

Kerry O'Connor said...

Innovative and fresh, with a great visual image to aid the imaginative process.

Vinay said...

Beautiful tetractys! :) I hadn't heard of the form, and now, I'll give it a try. Very soon :) Thank you Gemma, it was a nice read.

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