The Bearded Chameleon
What’s in the sandy soil and running stream
that makes me hunch down like a rustic local?
This cotton shawl is pulled up round my ears
keeping out the fog as I defecate
on fallow field like any other farmer.
I wear a turban, bobbing like a sunflower
and green-checked lungi, that is now hitched up
above my knees, so that my own wet soil
can drop and find its way back into landfill.
It sounds quite pastoral and yet
foto – autumn sunrise in raleigh 2012
“HOUSE MOVING.” The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 – 1954) 19 Aug 1936: 7 Supplement: Woman’s Realm.
when moving house, if you tie a label on to each piece of furniture bearing the name of the room it is to occupy, the removers will be able to carry on without mistakes.
See that electric light fittings are installed before you move in. It is a blow to find two ends of wire poking through the ceiling when you arrive.’ ‘
Work will go with a swing it you make a cup of tea; so arrange for the crate containing cups, teapot, etc., to be put in the van last and taken out
Like the clear stillness of autumn water — pure and without activity; in its tranquil depths are no obstructions. Such an one is called a man of Tao, also, a man who has nothing further to do. Wei-shan Ling-yu (Isan Reiyû)
foto – autumn in raleigh
the frangipani leaves plop…plop……plop,
a slight, uncertain drum beat for a
half the garden thinks it’s Spring again
my joints know it’s not
foto – south murwillumbah march 2006
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, and die gallantly. Specialization is for insects. Robert A. Heinlein
foto – port frederick in tweed heads march 2006