Stories

September 9, 2017 - The Good Man

 

all the light we cannot see

 

The Good Man .

Where are all the good men, who see us.   Hear us.   Touch us with a gentle hand.  Tie our bow.  Kiss us dryly on the cheek.  And love us in our strength.

Where are all the good men, who mind us in our fragile state.  Cradle us as you would a broken bird.  Not to satisfy a need within themselves.  Nor to forever stroke our weakness.  But to strengthen the flight they wish for us to take.

Where are all the good men, who can accept without threat, all we invite and excite over.  Remain seated throughout the pleasure of each unbridled offering.  And protect the innocence of the gift.

Where are all the good men,  who safe keep precious pieces we discard.  Hear our strange and distant song.  Follow notes beyond the noise.  And return knowingly without taking.

Where are all the good men, who keep light and air in windows high.  Flowers on the stairs.  Who hold a mirror quietly to the side, so we can recognise the newness and the goodness in ourselves.  Comprehend the whole of who we are.  And fear no more the stage.

Where are all the good men, who wait well outside our hiding place.  Offer not hand but time.  A refuge where within we tend neglected hurts.   Slow to a halt from our exhaustive run.  And bring to life our dreams.

Where is the good man, so sure and steady in stride, he invites us into our own.  Where we unite in all our consciousness with the good man in ourselves.

Where we feel the fearlessness of taking our very first step.  And release ourselves from an endless edge.

(Reposted from 2016.  Written August, 2015.  Pictured:  Poem emerged from book read on Rottnest Island, 2015). )

(Clunk & Jam book 2019) 

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September 4, 2017 - Not impossible Gulliver

 

 

 

Sometimes things aren’t as hard as you think.  

 

 

gulliver 2

 

(Picture 2, from book ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ by Jonathan Swift, 1726.  Lithograph by Edward Bawd. )

(Clunk & Jam book.)

May 14, 2017 - BOy Little Red Engine

 

boy little red engine

 

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

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)

March 20, 2017 - BOy Ouch

 

boy ouch

The knowing and the doing don’t much like the company of each other.  The doing wants to keep doing – and the knowing doesn’t know how to stop.  So if the knowing can’t stop the doing, wonder what can……

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March 5, 2017 - BOy Left Home

 

boy leaving home

BOy culture seems to load lads up – sometimes, with more than BOy can bear.  And if  BOy can’t bear it – saying so isn’t an encouraged option, because BOy is supposed to be tough – right?    Or maybe it’s BOy culture that’s wrong?   Maybe BOy should be valued for his sensitivity, honesty, authenticity, difference and ability to grow and evolve beyond the confines of  BOy stereotyping –  rather than his worth being measured by size, strength, toughness and how much he can do? 

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