becopoetry

Poetry Music Thoughts and Reflections

The ‘Special Needs’ of Poetry — July 25, 2017
Passport — April 24, 2017

Passport

1.

on turquoise ground

rooftops are flag forced

revolution red

 

risking reprisals

yellow stars are ripped

only on city outskirts

 

in homage to a stolen lama

Shigaste restaurateurs

pull curtains

over Beijing’s chosen Panchen

 

but back in the capital

binoculars pore over prostrations

and Buddha’s blessings are molested

at temple gate checkpoints

 

machine gun operators

operating their lungs

over chanting nomads

 

om mani padma hung

clockwise hum plaited

in the sound hair of pilgrims

 

melting butter

in the sage fired

Jokhang air

 

in the base of my belly

in my neck

behind my eyes

in my right breast

 

a tourist attraction

 

one way permeability

 

all Tibetan passports

were confiscated in 2012

 

2.

my train reverses

a forty-hour goodbye

 

in the smoke-filled carriage

the beige borders blur

ranges melt

 

I meet an airport gate

I transit out

 

waves folding on the sound

of the 747

 

Air Asia knees

white slippers under blanket

 

in the seat pocket

my travel guide

 

written in English and Chinese

bought at a Beijing station

 

and permitted to enter and leave

Lhasa

Tibet

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Max in three words — February 8, 2017

Max in three words

When I read this work out loud, I feel like I’m naked on a coat hanger … this is a difficult piece for me, yet one that I am most proud of. In 2012 my poetry mentor Claire Gaskin prompted the class to express 10 years of life in three word sentences. Instantly I was reminded of my son’s prosody of speech. I felt like I’d finally found the way to express our story. The work was first published in Southerly’s  Long Paddock and can be found here.

Like other work I have written in collaboration with Max, I believe the piece is more powerful when heard.

The audio of Max in three words can be found here

Haiku — March 31, 2016
upon a time — July 20, 2015

upon a time

what a time we’ve had
the piano playing
as the bass strummed
the yelling neighbours
Louder Later Longer
the red wine sipping
pink teeth
stained lips
the fish that caught you
baking the oven

what a time we’ll have
when finally
the kiss allows to lips
and my bed
sweats into your pores
the fish eating us alive
writhing in its skin as
blue eyes are thrown back in

what a time I’m having
in a pond drenched
with music and rose
my body filling my head
with hands
senses torturing
a repetitive song
longing grasping itself
while trying to shake
salt into the flesh of dinner

what a time I’ve had
the wine pouring itself
from one cup
into one mouth
the bed warming itself
on one side

 

 

 

 

— July 8, 2015
Tony — May 29, 2015

Tony

To see a satirical song dedicated to Tony’s knighting of Prince Phillip, press here

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