The Wasp

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That’s a HUGE wasp and a HUGE spider!  These are what phobic-I have to put up with in Australia… and I thought growing up in Africa was bad enough!

Contrary to this article saying they’re not, believe me – they ARE dangerous! I have been intimately involved with one…

‘The Paper Wasp’

One typically hot Australian morning, a good ten years ago, I heard the Council rubbish truck as it trundled up our typically suburban hill.

Even though mornings are just not my thing I realized my bin wasn’t standing to attention out the front like all the other smart town-house bins!

Horrors! So even though I was still half asleep, I grabbed a sin-covering gypsy skirt, pulled on a tank top and raced out the back door.

In one swift baton-passing movement, I grabbed the handle of my bin, lowered it to allow for rolling speed and raced headlong…

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Happy 2022!

Brolga Dance

In honor of our 18th Wedding Anniversary.


Chinese Gardens, Sydney, 2004. FMF © 2003

Brolga Dance

Newly hitched we hit
pop-hot spots in Sydney.
Occasion marked: Us.

Tickets to ‘The Lion King’
in old Capitol Theatre
took us back to Africa.

Sticky date at Doyles
added more weight
to our love waistlines…

We watched the river,
Opera House teeming,
Coat-hanger tourists.

Sky-high Telecom chats
revolving restaurant
views topped off trip

before Aqua chatting,
large-finned silver
swimmers mesmerize.

Guinness for St Paddy
raised to Shamrock Green.
Chinese gardens walk,

Brolga dance to hotel
suite, (less public for
private celebrations).

Frances Macaulay Forde © 2003

#POEM:BrolgaDance   #DelayedHoneymoon  #SydneyTourists  #DoylesRestaurant  #SYDChineseGardens  #SYDCapitolTheatre    #TheLionKing   #SYDOperaHouse  #SYDHarbourBridge

Even the Light You look out and the sunbeam blinks – a difference in brightness on the drooping seeds. Some days nothing gets done. We live with the unwashed, with stacks of mail, the unfolded, the incomplete. Phrases pop out only to crawl away, and later, reincarnated in other forms, embed themselves just under […]

Even the Light — O at the Edges

Anyone up for this Challenge?

Perth Words... exploring possibilities.


Has anyone else found scissors inspiring?  Never thought I would but as my favourite Professor said, the scissors chose me – I didn’t choose the scissors.  Very Zen.

To encourage you, here are the first & final versions of a poem written after 10 minutes of  Scissor contemplation & manipulation…

1st Version:

Cutting into my life.
Sharp edges that define.
Cruel severance.
Cold steel ‘ shiny, hard, distant.

Cream/grey plastic
warm, smooth, closer.

Why is?
Unnatural – closer?
Cut/pain ‘ endings,
Death/severance ‘ no going back.
No return ‘ finality.

Blades slicing together
teamwork ‘ severance.
Teamwork – blades;

actually touching.
Wiltshire Staysharp,
a warning of actuality;


scoured into the hard steel,

Circular pivot – the turning point;
the axis of action.

Inspired by these original words – I linked them to my (then, 2002) romantic dilemma: a man I loved 28 years before, contacted me on…

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From CREATIVE SCREENWRITING: an article by Michael Lee Simpson.


#PeopleWhoImpress #StephenKing #HorrorStories #HorrorMovies #CreativeScreenwriting

Josh Crute has written a new picture book, HORNSWOGGLED! A WACKY WORDS WHODUNIT, illustrated by Jenn Harney and published by Page Street Kids. It is available on November 23rd in bookstores. PSK has agreed to share a copy with one lucky winner living in the United States. All you have to do to get in […]

Book Giveaway: HORNSWOGGLED!: A WACKY WORDS WHODUNIT by Josh Crute — Writing and Illustrating

I was working at the Post House Hotel in Heathrow but remember watching the ceremony on TV on Remembrance Day in 1973.

The Queen in Black

Remembrance Day 1973

How many thousands watched her lay

the wreath of poppies while they prayed…

Or held their breath and stood still in silence

two minutes for the sacrifice, in remembrance.

As each petal falls from above so a page in the book

of memories ~ thoughts of someone they loved and lost.

They say each petal represents the life of one who gave.

Poppies seen growing amongst a countryside of graves…

Frances Macaulay Forde © 1973

#LestWeForget #Remembrance #POEM:QueenInBlack #FrancesMacaulayForde

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