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, September 4, 2012


We are not well travelled
We have personality issues
So it seems

We pinch and cramp on hot days
And long walks
But soften the step on cold ones
But not long walks

We like to be admired for being different
Our pale green 
Like drought-ridden grasses
Our crinkle fabric
Like old parchment
Our stitched features
Our wood toned buckle badge
Like semi stylish accessories 

We proudly believe that we are creative art
Even avant garde
But no one has actually called us

Photographed us on her verandah
Where sun and shadow blotched the grey diagonals

I wonder why we did not have our moment
On her walkway
Winding under the arch of Spring roses
As if
We are going

Linking to:
Two Shoes Tuesday ~ Shoes


Sherry Blue Sky said...

I love this photo, and the way cool shoes.......and the poem, which is perfect.

genie said...

I just love this post, Gemma. The poem just makes it all perfect. I like the little shoes. They would kill my awful bunions, but I sure like the color. Nice shadods. genie

Brian Miller said...

ha love that you give voice to the shoes....i am sure they will have their day....good shoes are def a blessing....careful on the pinching though...ha

Gattina said...

A very artistic picture !

Anonymous said...

Very nicely done! (And I love the shoes, too!)
McGuffy's Reader

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

A fun post. Reminded me of the secretary in the McCall-Smith Ladies Detective stories -- her shoes talk to her.

Josie Two Shoes said...

How very clever, you let the shoes do the talking! I actually thought them quite lovely, something I would surely try on. But alas, if they aren't good for long walking, the'd be banished to the closet! Thank you for joining in on the first Two Shoes Tuesday, and for adding this new writing prompt to your Tuesday list... see you next week! :-)

Lynn said...

Wow, this was good. YOu really have a way with words. I love the picture of the shoes. I believe I could probably wear those...pain free!

Plant Seeds of Happiness said...

The shoes have so much voice!! Good job on capturing all that with the photo and THE WORDS!!! Plus I like those shoes :)

Jim said...

I like your poem, Gemma. It makes me want to tell the poet to "Go someplace."
My bit for Josie is at Jim's Little Blog.

CLR said...

Wow. Absolutely WOW. I love this. Poetry is my first passion, or purest love of writing and this. This is wonderful.



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