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Passer’s Parade

Passer's Parade

Stuck in peak hour traffic under a sweltering summer sun, the radio rambled about the traffic jam ahead. Everyone waited inside their vehicles that lined up like a disjointed snake sleeping along the highway. When the sound of a bee-buzzing whine grew louder, reminding me of a toy airplane that never takes off.

In the side mirror’s reflection, I spotted Continue reading “Passer’s Parade”

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Scent of Silence

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Silence has a scent.

It’s where dust settles and breezes still. Continue reading “Scent of Silence”

Summer’s Unshackled Sands

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“…But as the sun simmers its summer spin…”

An excerpt from “Summer’s Unshackled Sands” I wrote for Silver Birch Press found here:

Summer’s Unshackled Sands, poem by Mel A Rowe (BEACH AND POOL MEMORIES Poetry and Prose Series)

Hope you’ll enjoy it.

The Halls of Parliament

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Main foyer, Parliament House, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. (Last night)

“I’ve got no balls.”

“But, I’m stripped bare.” Continue reading “The Halls of Parliament”

It came in the mail

By John Stokes:

“Tommyyyyyyy,” hollered the housekeeper from the front door.

“Stop ya bellowin’,” his boots echoed on the wooden floorboards. “What, woman?”

“This came in the mail, got proper paperwork ‘n everythin’.” She passed the envelope and pointed outside. Continue reading “It came in the mail”

Functioning at a Dysfunctional Function

‘Eating meat this year, Jen?’

‘Your sister’s name is Jenny.’ Mum wiped palms upon her apron, following Dad’s swagger from the kitchen carrying the prize turkey.

Jenny’s fingertips traced the delicate outline of the crocheted threads in Grandma’s lacework spread across the food-laden table. The silent witness to another annual passing parade of corrupt cousins, divorced aunts, and derelict uncles. Continue reading “Functioning at a Dysfunctional Function”

Blink and you’ll miss it…

Dragon fly blue2 (1 of 1)The Outback’s flooded.

Unseasonal rain has turned red dust to mud. Roads needed boats. Dirt track and side ditches became running ravines. Cliffs flushed into waterfalls, and a desert wasteland was transformed into a sea of green. Continue reading “Blink and you’ll miss it…”

Bush Strawberries

“Here, try one.” Continue reading “Bush Strawberries”

It finally happened…

mindil sunset 4 (1 of 1)I’ve tried to:

Tickle it
Tease it
Toss it
Beg it
Curse it

Continue reading “It finally happened…”

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