Archive for August, 2020


A Wildflowers: Everlastings © 2014

Here in Western Australia, 1st September 2020 is officially the first day of our Southern Hemisphere Spring, also the beginning of the Kings Park Spring Festival with this year’s theme ‘Perth’s Green Heart’.

Sun kissed
Like a cobra,
I am coiled
ready to strike
any who dare
limit my growth.
Germinating new
species hidden
deep in the earth
waiting to bloom
colored with sun.
Tension-ed taut,
fire ravaged, I am
nature harnessed
before springing
back to life.
Frances Macaulay Forde © 2012

#FrancesMacaualyForde  #SpringPoems  #KingsParkPerth  #SwanRiver  #Spring  #Nature  #Poetry  #Poems

Read Full Post »

Snowy Night, Bristol, England

Snowy Night, Bristol, England — Matthew Hughes

Thank you Matthew, for your inspiration today.

Against the flow

Who was the intrepid one

who dared to walk alone,

not cycle through soft

white perfectly quiet?

And why veer to the left

then resume the line,

What question bothered

the seemingly certain mind?

No dog evidenced in snow

following his nose, appeared

to be the cause for divergence.

Perhaps pure COVID rebellion,

the need to break out of lines

of lightbulbs marching, open

closed doors – make the fenced

houses roadside come alive again.

Frances Macaulay Forde © 2020

#POEM:AgainstTheFlow #MatthewHughes #ArtIsTheSpark #CovidPoetry

Read Full Post »

Cooking up Poetry…


03MayP&S at the Midleton Dist - Copper Vat LS

Jameson Whiskey Distillery, Midleton, Cork, Ireland, 2003.

A delicious dance

In my kitchen
I contemplate a new mix,
a special combination
with heightened flavours.
The perfected recipe.

At last, a chance
to bite into real love!
The thrill of discovery
I’ve tried unsuccessfully
to master, for years.

Many times before,
I tried blending,
picking ingredients
so carefully…
stirring the pot.

But I wrongly used
wooden utensils –
failed to find
the perfect dish,
until you added
that extra dash.

That mysterious tang
which previously
eluded my search –
the ultimate formula.

Tempting my taste buds,
leaving them bereft
of that special essence;
everlasting love.

You are the recipe
and lust the icing
on my now perfected
carrot cake of life.

Frances Macaulay Forde © 2002

From ‘Hidden Capacity – a poet’s journey.’ Published in Ireland, 2003.     



#FrancesMacaulayForde  #POEM:DeliciousDance  #HiddenCapacity2003  #NewRomance  #2ndTimeAround  #PoeticRecipe

Read Full Post »

Brolga Dance

 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

Read Full Post »

Tiger Mountain

Another thought-provoking piece, I can relate to. Thanks, Tom.

The Lighthouse

I have fallen for the mad ones
and the sad ones
and the ones who don’t know what they want

I have found that mania so consuming
confused depression for deep thinking
I’ve tried to heal the cracked ones
and piece the broken ones together…

O, I have tried
to climb that mountain
with broken ankles…

I have lived off the wild ones
brought calm to the angry ones
laid down with the tired ones and slept

I’ve ridden with the seesaw ones
always wondering where I stood
felt lost with the wilful ones
and cried beside the bitter ones

O, I have tried
to climb that mountain
with broken ankles…

I’ve walked across the weak ones
swum naked with the free ones
reached out for the timid ones
but found no hand waiting there

I have been ungrateful for the nicest ones
been bored by the honest ones

View original post 43 more words

Read Full Post »

Short Stories Unlimited

Your creative writing hub!

Lou Treleaven

Children's author and writing coach

Anita Heiss

Author, Poet, Satirist, Social Commentator

Stephen Page

The Salty River Writer. - Alumnus of Columbia University, Bennington College, and Palomar College.

Carrot Ranch Literary Community

Making literary art accessible 99 words at a time!

Norah Colvin

Live Love Laugh Learn . . . Create the possibilities

Sarika, Pure Reflections

Poems, Pure Reflections

Elizabeth Gauffreau

Fiction Writer in Poet's Clothing

Short Prose

Poetry and Prose by Gabriela Marie Milton #1 Amazon Bestselling Poet & Editor, Award Winning Author, Pushcart Prize Nominee



Freo's View

A passion for all things Fremantle

The Curious Magpie

Live life more Curiously!

Mug Full of Books

Books, tea and great reads

The Inquiring Mind

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.” Thomas Paine - "Limitation is essential to authority. A government is legitimate only if it is effectively limited." ~ Lord Acton - Commentary on what interests me, reflecting my personal take on the world

Mike Finn's Fiction

Book Reviews and Short Stories

Whispering Gums

Books, reading and more ... with an Australian focus ... written on Ngunnawal Country

Thoughts Become Words

Miscellaneous Collection by Gretchen


For the beauty of the Earth

Rochford Street Review

A Journal of Australian & International Cultural Reviews, News and Criticism.

words and music and stories

Let's recollect our emotions in tranquillity

Night Owl Poetry - Dorinda Duclos

"The silence of the night awakens my soul"

Jade M. Wong

Writer at Heart | Fangirl by DNA | Struggling Human Until Further Notice

Graham Sherwood’s

wise words on wine and fresh thoughts on food blog.

The Lighthouse

Poems by Tom Alexander

I've started so...........

poetry, words, visions on life

Linda's Book Bag

Loving books and reading


Poetry by Paul Waring

Saint Joan (Creative Studio)

An archive for my stuff

Helen Hagemann's Studio

Novelist & Poet, Fiction & Poetry Reviewer

Lee Muir-Haman Watercolor Painting

watercolor paintings, instruction and inspiration

Autoimmune Warrior Queen

My journey with Rheumatoid Arthritis and the GAPS Diet

Snake removal and relocation

Based in the southern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia.



Screenwriting from Iowa

...and Other Unlikely Places

Linda Smith Inspiration

By Flying With Eagles I Learnt To Soar

knitting with heart

. . . luv 'n stitches for our tired old world

Dambusters Blog

The Dams Raid (Operation Chastise) and after

Gabriel Evans

Picture Book Author and Illustrator


Reviews of chapbooks, poetry collections, short stories and fiction


writer & author

%d bloggers like this: