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)


Sunday, August 19, 2012

Two Faces of Summer

I was let out for a couple of hours today to enjoy a grey beach, grey waters and a grey sky in Dromana.
Even a lone seagull couldn't muster much height, fearing another icy deluge was imminent.

When tied and gagged in Winter's freezer for
Endless, bleak, misty days
We hope for some wayward sylph from Mother Nature to
Saunter by and
Move the door

We hope for more than
(The pretty time)

We want Summer


According to SOS
(Stereotypes of Summer - published by the Utopian Dictionary Press)
Summer spells:
Swimmming refreshing blue seas ~ real or metaphorical
Unifying body and spirit with the balm of holiday happiness
Mellowing ~ the mind
Massaging ~ the body into

The other dystopian dictionary would have us believe
(If I can vaguely remember):
Sizzling sunburn ~ of earth and flesh
Unsightly plague of pesky flies
Manipulating ~ the patience
Masticating ~ the temper into
Regret that we ever chose Summer as our dream season

But I lost that dictionary
Somewhere in the pile of melancholic leaves
I raked up
Last Autumn

Linking to:
dVerse Poetics ~ Summer-y; Dog Days/Zucchini


John (@bookdreamer) said...

Captures that moment where we wish for the pleasures of the season to come whilst downplaying its miseries and in someway losing out on the moment

Claudia said...

ah yes...of course..over in australia it's winter now...can feel the yearning for summer and love that pic

Margaret Gosden said...

Autumn looms here as you pine for summer! What a miserably looking grey day that is....

Brian Miller said...

haha glad you lost that other dictionary...smiles....summer has its goods and bads...brutal heat for us this year has def caused some bads but....

Anonymous said...

Ah, just loved this - the craving for summer so effective and the dictionaries are really charming as well as the lost one in the fall leaves. Very clever, very very charming. k.

Anonymous said...

A wonderful reminder of the value of contrast in our lives. By the way, I didn't have time to respond to your huitain prompt so I wrote the poetics summer one in that form. Very fun. Thank you.

Unknown said...

Really creative piece. I'm a reference nerd, so I absolutely love the inclusion of the entries here, so cool to see someone who doesn't have my name, utilize alternative reference sources and say as such. Such a nice touch here. Really like the overall tone, and the shape of the poem really carries a mirroring of the photo to some degree. Great read. Thanks

Kathy Reed said...

There is something about a pier that signifies all kinds of weather it is vulnerable and susceptible to the changes of nature, as we are...nicely done ;__)



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