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, May 15, 2012


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Tangled inner pains
Discordant lives and visions
Personal conflict

Personal chaos
Released to the whims of winds
Magnolia time

Magnolia truth
Relief for the soul set free 
Personal beauty

Magnolia, released in 1999, is a movie epic which exposes 9 lives connected by tensions.
A key scene takes place on Magnolia Boulevard.
Magnolia is a typical San Fernando Valley boulevard, wide, straight and long. From its easternmost end, at the foot of the Verdugo Mountains, it travels more than 10 miles, bisecting neighborhoods of postwar ranch homes one mile and gritty commercial stretches the next. Ref: Los Angeles Times 
The writer/director, Paul Thomas Anderson, had the title of "Magnolia" in his head before he wrote the script. "As he started writing, the script "kept blossoming" and he realized that there were many actors he wanted to write for and then decided to put an epic spin on topics that don't necessarily get the epic treatment."
 He also did research on the magnolia tree and discovered a concept that eating the tree's bark helped cure cancer. Ref: HERE
More on the film's title HERE!

Linking to:
Tackle It Tuesday - Prompt - Magnolia
Real Toads - Open Link Monday


Chèvrefeuille said...

Awesome Gemma. What a wonderful set of haiku on Magnolia. I loved reading it again and once again.
I am glad that this weeks prompt gives inspiration.

carol l mckenna said...

Unique take on prompt 'magnolia' ~ sweet, contemplative haiku ~ thanks, namaste, ^_^

Anonymous said...

As always, your haiku is a delight to read. It's amazing that the director found the bark can cure cancer. I wonder which species of magnolia and whether there is scientific proof on it.

kaykuala said...

Great haiku Gemma! I stumbled on this movie title when surfing through Wiki and included it in my posting. But I had less details written in! Great write, Ma'am!


Mystic_Mom said...

Very nicely done trio of haiku!

Kerry O'Connor said...

I like the way each stanza links to the next through your selective repetition. Thank you for sharing your work on Real Toads.

Karen said...

A terrific take on the promt Gemma!

Anonymous said...

Great topic for a poem~your explanation adds depth to the poetry.

Anonymous said...

you really got the movie and play down

three magnolia haiku

Unknown said...

This triptych weaving back within itself is a really effective device, and you use it with veracity.

Margaret said...

My favorite flower! And now I live in a climate that I get to see and smell them often. I will have to find the movie... thanks.

I wish Chaos could easily be "released to the whims of winds"...



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