Shrinking Pinocchio’s Nose

Bloganuary asks “What’s a lie you tell yourself?” Old taunting voices have been gagged into silenceNo longer do they hold me in utter reliance“You’re feeble, not smart, you don’t cut the mustard,Look at you now – you’re getting all flustered!” I ceded them rightness for some little while‘Til following a Way helped develop my styleSo thoseContinue reading “Shrinking Pinocchio’s Nose”

Retiring a Marriage Celebrant’s Licence

Today I voluntarily surrendered my licence to celebrate marriages. It’s part of “incremental retirement,” I suppose, but I prefer to see it as part of “a changing shape of vocation.” So why now? My last wedding was four years ago. Since then, administrative changes, including the advent of online form filling and streamlining legal obligations,Continue reading “Retiring a Marriage Celebrant’s Licence”

A Dickens of a time

Bloganuary queries “Who is your favourite author and why?” I have many favourites, but I’m going to land on one that set the path to becoming a bibliophile – Charles Dickens. Great Expectations was the text our Year 8 English Teacher had set. I quickly found myself engaged with the dark and menacing opening, the eerieContinue reading “A Dickens of a time”

No itch to scratch here

Bloganuary asks “What irritates you about the home you live in?” Let me echo a known politician:“I reject the premise of your question.”Our home is bathed in gratitudeAnd to say such carries no platitude. Homelessness is on the rise in our cityDue to rent-stress and evictions sans pityFriends and neighbours have sufferedAnd remain under this crisisContinue reading “No itch to scratch here”


Bloganuary now asks “What colour describes your personality and why?” Once upon a time ’twas beigeHiding back, not seeking a stageAs time went on some colour emergedAnd life was released, no longer submerged. I now cultivate white – but not for purity’s sake;Rather seeking balance as a prism might makeWhen blending all colours into a singleContinue reading “Prism”

Eat like a King!

Bloganuary challenge: “What’s your favorite [sic] meal to cook and/or eat?” “For brekky, eat like a king,” they say.“But I eat to live, not live to eat,” I bray!So my favourite meal is simple fareNevertheless, it has some flare! Muesli as a foundation akin to mannaBodies sing with a bit of bananaBlueberries strewn for the healthContinue reading “Eat like a King!”

The Day I was Born

Bloganuary invites us to describe the happiest day of our life. ‘Tis the day I can’t rememberI believe ’twas in NovemberThe day I was born! The seagulls squarked and whirledAs I opened my eyes upon this worldThe day I was born! My pages were new and cleanFuture stories yet unseenThe day I was born! Schooldays andContinue reading “The Day I was Born”


Bloganuary asks “Do you have a memory that’s linked to a smell?” Aromas, bouquets, smells, scents and odoursAll jockey for attention in my memory-like modusWhich one is strongest? Which to the fore?I travel a labyrinth to track down a spore. Suddenly it hits me with unmistakable sensationA soothing pale fluid of strongest olfactionOn lobster-red sunburn fromContinue reading “Smellemory”

Existential dissonance!

“What fear have you conquered?” the Bloganuary prompt teases. Some remain unconquered. A childhood incident triggers aquaphobia. As a result, I’ve gotten through life without learning to swim. For an Ozzie, this is an anomaly! I have concluded that my other bête noir, acrophobia, is just plain vertigo. Air travel is a breeze, even though IContinue reading “Existential dissonance!”