turning forty-five
perched atop the Harbour Bridge
magnificent view

atop the Sydney Harbour Bridge, 24 June 2001

2001: A Midwinter Birthday Climb
One week before moving from Sydney to Glasgow. Sunny and 21 degrees Celcius
Composed during a mapping exercise to capture places of personal significance, LGBTI+ Elders Saturday Social, Glasgow, 18 July 2022

I haven’t published any poems for some time, so I thought I’d share the following for #WorldPoetryDay.

These were written at the “Creativity with the Spirit” evening (13 Nov 2017) during Scottish Interfaith Week. They don’t follow a traditional Japanese 5-7-5 syllable structure (this departure is apparently quite common nowadays). “On the Spot”, as all six were written in the course of about 20 minutes, with no further editing.

flakes in the air
first snowfall
or volcanic eruption

mist in the air
forgot the brolly
up goes the hood

autumn morn
the Clyde like glass
leaf falling on water

springtime here
still bundled up
where are the blooms?

Saturday morn
lie-in expected
binmen disrupt

Shabbat morn on the bus
yet on the streets
life goes on

Glasgow, 21 March 2018

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