Saturday, July 31, 2010

Sew and Sew

 Cleaning shelves
recently at my Mother's house
In New Zealand

 I found her Elna Sewing machine handbook

 Bought before I was born

 The sewing machine
produced most of the garments
we wore as children

until we learned to sew
and made our own

 The sewing machine could even embroider

 In a back pocket of the handbook
I found the original guarantee
from the Robertson reversible Sewing Machine Co

My mother's three girls
dressed in their beautiful dresses
But my favourite dress 
was a red spotted summer number
with matching red piping,
hence the caption on the postcard above


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Evening Bell For Barry


Silent the old town
the scent of flowers
and evening bell


Barry Fraser
The Explorer

April 3 1943 - July 20 2010


Thursday, July 15, 2010

Red Pearls

Red Pearls

red pearls
on a vine
once treasures from
South America
now riches of glowing
fire engine red - bright orbs
beckoning to be gently plucked
their pungent aroma and sweet taste
bringing my father's garden back to life

An Etheree poem 
has 10 lines 
of 55 syllables
beginning with one syllable
and building with the addition 
of one syllable each line 
to a total of 10 syllables


Saturday, July 10, 2010

Hell's Gates

I am back in Australia
for a few weeks
attending to chores...
it is wintry
but a good walk today
warmed me up...

Hell's Gates

My walk around the headland
each afternoon
takes me out to Hell's Gates
Here my friend says 
she has seen turtles
I think she confuses the black rocks
beneath the water
for turtle shells...

But wait
is that middle rock moving

Yes it is...
These turtles are Loggerheads
of which there are only 500 nesting females
in Australia

But here comes a set
of huge rolling waves

that crash through Hell's Gates

right up to the abyss

and another wave
rushes in

swirling the sand

and any little turtles

as I walk back
towards the shelter of the bay

The skies redden

and make me think

that on leaving Hell's Gates

I am passing through
Heaven's portals


Friday, July 2, 2010

Long Summer Days


Long the summer days
patterns on the ocean sand
our idle footprints


Sanderlings on Hanalei Bay, Kauai