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Monday Poem: “Couta Rocks 5”

Couta Rocks 5

Exploring the rocks
With my dog and my pop
And a bag to collect what we find-
A rope tied in knots
And a broken cray-pot
And some shells of all sizes and kinds,
An indigenous tool
(Ill put it back, that’s the rule)
And some junk off a Japanese ship,
This bait-saver looks good,
I’d take it home I could
But my pop tells me we already have six.

I gained a lot from those days
In my bag and my brain
As we’d talk, or explore, or just laugh.
I had a fine looking hound
And all the things that we found
But what I gained most was what Pop placed in my heart.

Monday Poem- “Ellsworth”


Betrayal of a different kind
Has seized his mind,
When long-loyal-hearts
(Released without consent) can find
Themselves alone and just in time.

The knowledge of the lovers tiff
Caused an argument of sorts,
The quarrel was not between the two
But between conflicting thoughts.

The man who knelt beside her bed
With both hands clasped above his head
For fear the wench might soon be dead,
Was not the father of his child
(The one he’d been minding all the while
His wife was going wild).

What slaughtered her was not the man
Nor was it going wild,
She died of a broken heart you see
When she told him of his child.


Emu Food Cam

Feeding the emus at Tasmania Zoo. Emu Food Cam

Right where it hurts!

Sometimes babysitting is hard work.

Photos: Launceston critters- echidna, green & gold frog and yabby – October 2011



I love Launceston because it has lots of cool scenery and critters to photograph. Katie and I were walking and came across these three animals in a very short amount of time. The short-beaked echidna is plentiful in Tassie (this one was fairly small & shy). The green & gold frog (or growling grass frog) is apparently really rare in Tassie, but we found a place along the Tamar Island board-walk where they like to sun-bake and there was about eight that day as big as my middle finger. I am not sure which type of yabby it is that we found so any comments about that would be great, I sent the photo to inland fisheries to ask them for help categorising it so hopefully they will be able to.

I’m looking forward to this summer, because I’m hoping we can photograph lots of wildlife this year. I will try and post some photos up if I remember.

Monday Poem: “Convict love token”

Convict love token

Taken by force
From where I loved,
I sang to you for the last time-
“God save the man…”,
they forced me out of view.

Watching the sun,
through smoggy screens,
I thought of you on the last night,
“God save the man…”,
I forced myself to pray.

Resting my eyes.
The final night
of my wretched life.
“God save the man…”
you force me to have hope.

A photo of me and my brother with Tatanka (Hobart Tasmania, 2000)

Today I watched some induction ceremonies for the WWE Hall of Fame on YouTube. A lot of people are surprised to know what a wrestling fan I actually am. I’m unashamed of the fact, its just that it doesn’t come up in conversation very often. Below is a photo of my brother Steve and I with former WWE superstar Tatanka (Chris Chavis). The photo was taken in 2000, in Hobart Tasmania.