June 28, 2017 - Can’t Take Back Gossip



The Gossip Story . . . (or watch the video)

A woman was gossiping with a friend about a man she hardly knew.  (I know none of you have done this). That night she had a dream….a great hand appeared over her and pointed down at her.   She was immediately seized by an overshelming sense of guilt.  The next day she went to confession with the old parish priest, Father O’Rourke.  She told him the whole thing.  “Is gossiping a sin?”  She asked the old man.    “Was that the hand of God all mighty pointing the finger at me?   Should I be asking for your absolution Father?   Tell me, have I done something wrong?” “Yes you ignorant, badly brought up female.  You’ve borne false witness against your neighbour.  You played fast and loose with his reputation and you should be ashamed.”  The woman said she was sorry and asked for forgiveness.  “Not so fast”, said O’Rourke.  “I want you to go home.  Take a pillow up on your roof.  Cut it open with a knife.  And return here to me.

So the woman went home.   Took a pillow off her bed.  A knife from the drawer.  Went up the fire escape to the roof and stabbed the pillow.   Then she went back to the old parish priest as instructed.   “Did you cut the pillow with a knife?”  He said.   “Yes Father.”  “And what was the result?”    “Feathers.”    “Feathers.”  He repeated.  “Feathers everywhere Father.”    Now I want you to go back and gather up every last feather that flew out on the wind.”    “Well,” she said.  “It can’t be done.   I don’t know where they went.  The wind took them all over.”      “And that …..”, said Father O’Rourke, “….is gossip.”

Good Feathers …


(Reposted from 2012)

June 16, 2017 - Waiting For You


dumbo man


Everything is Waiting for You .  (By David Whyte)

Your great mistake is to act the drama as is you were alone.  As if life were a progressive and cunning crime with no witness to the tiny hidden transgressions.  To feel abandoned is to deny the intimacy of your surroundings.  Surely, even you, at times, have felt the grand array; the swelling presence, and the chorus, crowding out your solo voice.  You must note the way the soap dish enables you, or the window latch grants you freedom.  Alertness is the hidden discipline of familiarity.  The stairs are your mentor of things to come, the doors have always been there to frighten you and invite you, and the tiny speaker in the phone is your dream-ladder to divinity.

Put down the weight of your aloneness and ease into the conversation.  The kettle is singing even as it pours you a drink, the cooking pots have left their arrogant aloofness and seen the good in you at last.  All the birds and creatures of the world are unutterably themselves.  Everything is waiting for you.

 Picture from Dumbo Feather, David featured before, ‘A Different Way To Tread’. 

May 26, 2017 - Army of Ink The Reveal


army of ink revealing

The curtain lifted to reveal, not a stage, but her long forgotten place.


(Reposted from 2011.  Find her in Clunk & Jam book,2019)

May 14, 2017 - BOy Little Red Engine


boy little red engine


(BOy Series, Clunk & Jam book, 2019).

April 26, 2017 - Slow Me Back To Small


Slow me back to small


slow me back to small type


(From ‘Clunk & Jam’ book, art by Harley Manifold, original in color.  Reposted from 2013)

April 18, 2017 - BOy Handshakes


BOy handshakes


Begs a BOy question … Why are bear hugs, group hugs, butt slapping, tears and kisses acceptable (applauded even) on footy fields and in sporting arenas, yet in school yards, work places, and often the homes of growing lads, it’s often viewed as a sign of immaturity, weakness or ‘gayness’ – inviting tags such as ‘Mummy’s BOy’?   A BOy’s rite of passage can be a lonely place.

(Boy Series, Clunk & Jam book, 2019)