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Although it’s Autumn here in Western Australia, so many of my readers in the Northern Hemisphere, are enjoying the first flush of Spring, enjoying the gorgeous flowerings of a new season.

Hopefully you’ll find lots of moments to be outside in the glorious sunshine.  

Thought I’d share one of my ‘Spring’ poems and a couple of my photos of our WA Wildflowers

Western Australia is the only place you’ll find different species of Blue  flowers growing in the wild.

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Photo taken in Australian Spring,
our wildflower season, September. © 2014

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WA Wildflowers: Everlastings © 2014

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WA Wildflower: ‘Onion Weed’ © 2014

Painting Spring

Fluffy yellow balls appear

near long thin leaves

signaling an Aussie spring.

Jacarandas show specks

of green – soon purple petals

will carpet my patio floor.

Orchid-like the humble

Onion Weed reveals its

stubborn beauty

Forest search for Harden

bergia – purple creeper

where blue wrens flit.

No wonder I’m drawn

to spiky leaf and wild

flowers Everlastings.

Frances Macaulay Forde ~ 2014

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Reading Vinny’s blog  and his wonderful ‘Wind Chimes’ poem reminded me of a poem I wrote in 2002 when I found my life was suddenly turned upside down, down-under.

I had to pack up the house I’d lived in by myself for 28 years after divorce, while I explored the possibilities of returned love at the age of 52 and learnt to share my sacred space again.

It was not always easy but my reward was a love I didn’t know was possible.

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Wiki Photo of Jacarandas.  I had planted one  to remind me of my Zambian home.

Renovations

house loud

full of colored voices

frequently gathered

while fancy-dressers

danced in yellow

.

purple walled

creative spaces

where words poured

like leaking taps

Bali knick-knacks

.

replaced by exercise

machines marching

across gym-lounge

to a new beat

sparse spare look

.

quiet everyman

wants resale

erasing all memories

of trees – too many

for the block

.

each shading the other

fighting for sun-space

whispering familiar songs

on the wind-chimed

Asian tinkling

.

mellow sunsets

through leaves

attractive natives

dragon flies

hand-long

banjo frogs

.

moaning

children at night

now disturbed

environment dusty

denuded earth rubble

.

on a bared land

eight pots

represent my effort

to scramble bits

hold onto my old home

.

garden spikes

colored leaves

rainbows fast

disappearing

like me

.

palms wave

goodbye fronds

like giant hands

Lillipilli twitters

dancing on bough

.

Jacaranda carpet

my regal path

to happiness

contained fields

of unruly daisies

.

white and purple

self-seeding

not needing input

this house face

lifted to halt age

.

contemporized

sold out

beige-d

like every other

me-erased

.

Frances Macaulay Forde © 2013

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