This poem is for all those people who say they never read poetry because they can't understand it.
This essay is part of my contribution the April Poetry Month. It's my attempt to try to encourage writers to become poets and others to read it.
A short poem in my series about how to remain patient and stress-free. This is particularly good advice for couples, to promote a healthy marriage or relationship.
More and more people are being diagnosed with sleep apnea every day. It can have many causes such as obesity, fibromyalgia etc. In this poem I am trying to describe what it feels like to a sufferer.
Memories of a boy who had no immune system, so had to live his life inside a bubble so as not to be infected by 'life'.
In honor of Poetry Month, fellow creative writer and poet, Frank Atanacio, has issued a fun challenge for all to add to his dark poem 'Spirits Sat As Mourners'. This is my second verse.
A poem about the pros and cons of Internet dating based on the fairy tale Snow White.
The joys of beginning your day with a steaming cup of coffee to wake you up and give you a boost of energy to face whatever challenges lie ahead. Some handy tips you can do with coffee as well.
A verse I wrote to add to Frank's poem "Spirits sat as Mourners".
Much of Australia has been in the midst of drought for months now and finally with the beginning of Autumn the welcome rains have finally come. It is a cause for joy and celebration.
Attaining a century or reaching 100 of anything is considered quite an achievement.
The second chapter of the fantasy tale about a family of elfin living between the floors.
A children's fantasy tale about the adventures of Panpip and Muppet and their family of Elfin who inhabit the world between the floors.
A poem about terminal illness and how you should act towards someone who has been told they have an incurable disease and they don't have long to live.
It doesn't do us any good dwelling on the past and what may have been if we had made different decisions with our lives. Make the most of what you have now and live every day to the fullest.
A love poem. Dedicated to my perfect woman, and all the other perfect women out there.
In this poem and elderly man reminisces about his life and "the good old days".
In his 1971 album Poems, Prayers & Promises, John Denver achieved success, thanks to the hits "Take Me Home, Country Roads" and "Sunshine on My Shoulders," but another song "The Box" touched me more.
Many people don't know the value of the plants around them. Do you see a dandelion as a weed spoiling the look of your lawn, or as a wild herb packed with vitamins? Everything in nature has a purpose.
This is an acrostic poem urging us all to be more caring custodians of this planet. We need to be less concerned with possessions and wealth and more focused on protecting our environment and life.
A children's story I wrote years ago then filed away to gather cobwebs until now. Dusted off the cobwebs and tidied it up a bit, and here it is.
A poem trying to describe what it feels like when you are hit by a migraine or severe headache and the only escape is to try to sleep.
There have been many wonderful British comedy/drama TV series over the years but there have been none that I have enjoyed more than the recent Doc Martin series.
A crazy mixed up poem resulting from being bored and browsing the dictionary.
This poem is an ode to the death of the motorcycle clubs in Queensland being brought on by unfair discriminatory new laws being introduced by the Campbell Newman LNP Government.
A poem about political campaigning and how politicians will promise the people anything to get elected.
The eagle is the king of birds, being able to soar higher and for longer than any other. Because of this it is seen as being closer to God and sometimes a symbol to represent the Lord himself.
A look at some of the youngest competitors to win gold medals at the Winter Olympic Games. It is a co-incidence that all these athletes competed in figure skating.
Being human and leading fast paced lives in today's world leaves us open to many stresses. Things like health and finances can get us down. But it is important to stay positive. Just do it
More verse in the micro-poem series. This time the subject is sibling rivalry and the constant vying for attention.
This poem was written for Poetry4Freedom to help raise awareness for human trafficking, exploitation & all forms of Slavery!
This article aims to show the dangers of genetically modified crops and foods, and expose the lies and deception behind the bush for GMO's.
Cane Toads were introduced to Australia in 1935 in to rid the country of the Greyback Cane Beetle, which was decimating Queensland sugar cane crops. Instead the toad became Australia's greatest pest.
A poem about a discovery I made while walking my dogs through the bush on my property. It is a commentary on life and death.
A poem about the frustrations of being a writer, especially a poet, and having written enough to fill a book but not believing it is good enough to publish.
A short poem about the effect of a simple smile can have on the world.
A review and commentary of the 1918 Danish science fiction film A Trip to Mars, or 'Himmelskibet' (Heaven Ship). This is recognised as the second science fiction film ever made.
A poem that likens the senses assailed during a stroll through the garden to feelings of lust and desire.
With approximately half of all marriages now ending in divorce or separation, this is a poem about what could become a common practice in the future.
A poem about childhood memories, an old rocking chair, and kerosene lamps.
This is a story about life, the difference between good and bad, and how making the 'right' or 'wrong' decisions can effect the outcome.
A short free-form poem about 'love' (or is it?) in my micro-poem series.
A poem I wrote about my eldest son Daniel when he was just a little boy. It's really a poem about all little boys (and little girls.)
A poem based on the fabled sirens whose beautiful song led many a ship to be wrecked and it's crew to a watery grave.
Another fun poem in the series. This time it's about playing the popular game of "scrabble".
As part of a writing challenge this is 'my' final chapter of the horror/suspense story 'Screaming Into The Darkness of Her Despair" and "Monsters In The Trees".
A poem about excess and immorality what people will do for entertainment.
A short poem about backseat driving.
My experiences as a child/adolescent of having to move to a new town and start afresh at a new school, making friends and fitting in.
A disturbing story of kidnapping and abuse. A warning to teach your children of stranger danger, and not to trust the 'wolf in sheeps clothing'.
A poem about the harsh realities we face living in Australia, the driest continent on Earth. The effects of drought are devastating.
A tribute to Australia's most famous bush poet and balladeer. The author of classics such as Waltzing Matilda, The Man From Snowy River, and Clancy Of The Overflow.
Samuel L. Clemens or Mark Twain remains one of the most loved and influential writers in history. This is not a biography, but simply a transcript from one of his press interviews.
A short poem as a tribute to my lovely daughter Jody. Snake and dog breeder, wife, mother, artist, photographer. She's good at everything she tries.
This is the correspondence between eight year old Virginia O'Hanlon and the New York Sun in 1897 regarding her question, "Please tell me the truth. Is there a Santa Claus?"
My tribute to Christmas with a link to the poem "The True Christmas" a collaboration with some of my friends. Also a short commentary about Cyclone Tracy and a video "Santa Never Made It Into Darwin".
A haunting commentary in poetic form on the effects of war on our returned servicemen and women. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder claims more victims than war itself.
A poem to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Joyous Yuletide, Happy Holidays or whatever you may call this time of year.
The Monster Lurks was my 10th my micro-poem. However I have recently updated this to include an original essay I wrote "The Monster" from which the poem was inspired. Same story, different format.
A recent event has reinvigorated my faith in God and that he really is watching over us. Some may call it mere coincidence, but I believe it is much more.
A poem about three of my four children, my sons. Included after the poem is a special update on my son Trent who fought the World Champion in a recent caged Muay Thai fight in Brisbane.
I'm not sure how to describe this poem. It's just random words and contradictions.
A poem about the tent boxing troupes (only three remain) that travelled the fair/carnival circuit and have a significant place in Australia's history.
The story of a small runaway dog who came to came to live with us, and the joy and healing she helped promote both directly and indirectly.
The ninth of my short and hopefully funny poems. This one about a young boy watching the sky, with his dad, in the hope of seeing a shooting star.
Five Times A Day, the eighth in my series of short humorous verses, although this one is a little longer. Maybe I should have called it Not-so-Micro Poem - number One.
We often fantasize about escaping our stressful or mundane lives, and being whisked away into a fantasy world of awe and wonder. But do you dare to risk the unknown?
An insight into my life on a small rural acreage in South East Queensland, Australia, and the interaction with the wildlife I share the land with.
A poem of lost love and sorrow following the devastation of war.
Continuing the story of convict settlement in Australia, including explaining the convict system, forms of punishment, and the Rum Rebellion.
This short poem Sci-fi Geek has fiction and fantasy as it's main themes, from Dr Who, Star Trek, and Firefly to Lord of The Rings. It's Epic!
A poem about love, and break up.
Another whimsical poem inspired by the 'Poem Challenge' . You may ask "Why would anyone fall asleep in a tree?" Well read on and maybe you'll get the answer.
This is a poem inspired through a Hub Challenge'. As this followed the recent typhoon disaster in the Philippines, it displays emotions I was dealing with at the time.
Here are two short and silly poems in my Micro-poem series. Nobody But Me and The Lazy Traveller. What more can I say?
This is the second part of the series and details the setting up of the new colony in Australia and the life of the convicts in this new land.
A concise history of convict transportation from Great Britain to Australia. this is the first installment of a series 'The Convicts'.
The fourth in my series of short ( hopefully) humorous poems. It's a constant surprise just what will pop into my head next, but Not A Happy Camper relates to my love of camping.
A Fish For Dinner, the third short poem in the series. This one on the joys of fishing (angling). I'm trying to keep them humorous, but that's not as easy as it seems.
The second in my series of micro-poems. Spontaneous, off the cuff thoughts in poetry form that hopefully raise a smile. My Dog Jack is one for the dog lovers.
The first in a series of micro-poems I have decided to write. A bit like limericks but slightly longer. The subjects will be just spur of the moment thoughts. This is dedicated to my fellow writers.
A critical observation of the Sport of Kings, with special emphasis on the Melbourne Cup, and statistics on racing deaths of both horse and jockey in Australia.
Although Facebook and Twitter are a wonderful new form of communication all is not perfect and cyber bullying and miscommunication is a real problem.
Gardening and flowers inspire or are referred to in many poems. So here's a few I've thrown together, dedicated to 'the garden'.
The term "permaculture" is a conflation of permanent and agriculture. It's a design system for creating sustainable human environments. This is the story of our efforts to practice these tenets.
This poem has the theme 'don't judge a book by it's cover' that hopefully has a message for us all in how to treat our fellow man.
A poem inspired by, but not based on, the Harry Chapin song of the same name, "On The Road To Kingdom Come".
We often feel powerless when we see the changes happening in our climate and environment. The problem seems so daunting, if only 'they' could fix it. truthfully though, some of 'them' are us.
Another collection of poems of love and devotion. Sentimental I know, but from the heart.
We all seek love. It comes in many forms and sometimes from unexpected places.
A poem I have written that lacks a true ending. I would love other hubbers to add to it where I left off. It will be interesting to see how it finishes.
A brief look at some remarkable historical cases that make you ask the above question.
A short story without a true ending. I leave it up to the reader's imagination to wonder where it may go.
A short story....sometimes it pays to remember the advice given by your parents. It could even save your life.
Two Biblically (and life) inspired poems with hopefully a message for some of us.
A few years back read my children a wonderfully funny book by Australian author Tim Winton called The Bugalugs Bum Thief. Until recently I thought this a children's fantasy tale..now I'm not so sure.
A tribute for want of a better word to some neighbors I once had the pleasure of living next door to. They seemed to go out of their way to find things to complain about.
A collection of love poems dedicated to my wife, and hopefully as inspiration for anyone in love. Valentine's Day is a good opportunity to reshare these.
A few nonsense poems that I hope will bring a smile, or tickle your funny bone. WARNING! Contains some adult humor.
A few poems that are nothing at all alike, hence the name 'contradictions'. Just trying to give a sample of my different styles of poetry.
A poem about wild animals being kept in captivity and forced to perform in the circus.
Poetry inspired by the child inside me that I hope appeals to the child in you.
A guide for those of you who, like me, are addicted to the written word in hold in your hand, page turning 'book' form. Old school paperback or hard-cover in preference to new e-book technology.
Love is arguably the most popular subject for writers and singers. In fact we all need love in our lives. This is actually the first piece I have ever published online. I hope it touches your heart.
Some very simple tips for the social punter. Taking the science out of betting, and treating it all as just a numbers game. Toss out the form guides and give these suggestions a try for a few months.
A simple guide to help you become more self-sufficient, more Earth-conscious, and less dependent on items produced by today's throw-away society.