becopoetry

Poetry Music Thoughts and Reflections

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

Passport

1.

turquoise town

flagged rooftops

revolution red

ripped on the city outskirts

 

binoculars on Buddha’s blessings

butter melting

the sage fired air

 

curtains pulled

over Beijing’s chosen Panchen

homage to a stolen lama

 

military molestation

a monk pat down measure

at temple gates

 

machine gun checkpoints

operating their lungs

over chanting nomads

 

clockwise hum plaited

om mani padma hung

in the hair of pilgrims

in the base of the belly

in the neck

behind eyes

in the right breast

 

a tourist attraction

 

one way permeability

all Tibetan passports

confiscated in 2012

 

2.

the train reversing

a forty-hour goodbye

in a smoke-filled carriage

beige borders blur

ranges melt

 

an airport gate

a wing span night

waves folding on the sound

of the 747

 

a cold window thaws

into an opposing season

 

Air Asia knees

white slippers under blanket

in the seat pocket

Hemmingway’s The Old Man And The Sea

written in Chinese and English

bought at the Beijing station

and permitted to enter

Lhasa

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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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