What Else Is There But Love?

What else is there but love?

Stripped back, we are bare

& vulnerable,

just a basic force

in a complex being.

Pull apart all the years –

all the thoughts & transformations –

& we are left as we are,

nothing but

.         a birth,

        a death,

.         & the loves in between.

 


A version of this poem first published as But love? in Pash Capsule, 25 December, 2012

∃volution of a Kind

how do we rule?

.           in words derived from Latin?

whispers from a dead tongue?

 

rolling with the punches

crippled by the lunches

feasts of fat men

suffering in splendour

priding themselves

on their wheels

and dreaming their

machinery dreams

but still

.           just desperate apes

.                       trying to escape

 


A version of this poem was first published in Verity La, 12 June, 2012

Published in The Frequency of God, Close-Up Books, December 2017

 

 

Sunrise, Lake Cargelligo, NSW – Saturday, 1 September 2012

Lake Cargelligo, NSW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Made by Film Australia 1979. Directed by Dean Semler. A shearer, his wife and six children leave their farmhouse at daybreak for the week’s big event — a Saturday visit to the nearest town, Lake Cargelligo, New South Wales. There’s a trip to the barber, icecream for the kids, the weekly football match and a beer at the pub. Come nightfall, it’s either a movie or the local dance. This beautifully shot film from Academy Award winner Dean Semler captures all the atmosphere of a weekly ritual repeated in country towns right across Australia.

pill popping

the dr. prescribes the latest pills

– one in the morning

– one at night

good for the heart

           age deflates

the balloon of youth

& immortality

 

I used to take my pills

from bathroom doctors,

prescriptions for

psychedelic meditation,

but now the doc says –

you’ve mapped the road

of excess, now

I pronounce you

heaven & hell,

you may kiss the ride,

the white rabbit done died.

 

now the CT map says you are here

blood thinners & α-blockers,

taken with a glass of water

           & a grain of salt.


Published in Rabbit Poetry Journal, Issue 4, May 2012

Published in The Frequency of God, Close-Up Books, December 2017