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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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Am I Still Yesterday?


Kite flying in the Rosebud Kite Festival held in March on the Mornington Peninsula each year.


Wings change tone and balance
Challenge
When Summer colours find Autumn

Midway in life's journey
Crossroads
Yesterday's child finds the mirror


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24 comments:

She Writes said...

I like that last line. How apropos!

cruxrebels said...

Oh 'Wings change tone and balance' awesome lines used in the haiku with great meanings. Loved it. :)

Jack said...

The sound pair of "balance" and "challenge" is a great one.

Rinkly Rimes said...

Lovely shot and I liked your second haiku.

Mary said...

Beautiful photograph and message. Loved the last line of your poem!

Kerry O'Connor said...

There is wisdom in these words - the ones that stand alone are particularly engaging.

Heaven said...

Lovely photograph and words ~

I wish summer is longer...

CanadianGardenJoy said...

beautiful poetry Gemma .. I could see myself looking in the mirror .. how strange more thoughts of my childhood have been intruding as never before.
I love the kite : ) Husband brings a large one like that to Cuba every year for his holiday and then leaves it for the kids there .. they have a blast : )
Joy

Poet Laundry said...

A reflective piece. I think my favorite line is:

When Summer colours find Autumn

But it's your title that drew me right in...really makes me think, I love that.

PhotoDiction said...

I think the last line is the everyday challenge - to look at oneself and see how much we've changed, while still retaining a sense of that child as we age.

Geraldine said...

this is truly lovely...

Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

I loved the last line as well--beautiful writing!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Ooh, multi-leveled in meaning.....yesterday's child does find the mirror. So well said!

Kristjaan Panneman said...

Nice poem Gemma, a bit different from the other form I know you of ... the haiku. Lovely imagery in this one.
Great picture too.

Namaste

Willow said...

Lovely.

SandyCarlson said...

That mirror can be a mixed blessing.

Melissa Bickel said...

It's true, without wings (figuratively) we're clipped in our flight of life. So hard to find that balance.

This poem, though small in stature, is huge with metaphoric thinking. Love the reference to our crossroads in life.

Enjoyed this.

Daydreamertoo said...

Beautiful. At first I thought it was a real bird. Your poem is filled with lovely imagery. I also really liked that last line. One day we do suddenly look in the mirror and realise we are no longer a child.

Brian Miller said...

yesterdays child finds the mirror....what a cool line that is....love the imagery of the wings...and them changing with the season as well...very nice...

Fred Rutherford said...

Oh, really nice. Love the metaphors. That pic is awesome, the lifelike nature of the kite is amazing. Really cool shot. Yesterday's child finds the mirror-what a great line.

kaykuala said...

Midway in life's journey
Crossroads
Yesterday's child finds the mirror

The youngster upon reaching adulthood will find similarities of what life has been. A deja vu sort of! Nicely written Gemma!

Hank

gautami tripathy said...

Good to be back here...!

confessing ochre is never far away

whenwordsescape said...

oh, i love the line about summer's colors...that would fit the prompt over at We Write Poems, too!

http://wewritepoems.wordpress.com/2012/08/29/prompt-120-its-post-your-poems-day/

dandeliongirl01 said...

love the images! Beautiful poem x

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