February 6, 2010 - Away with the cows


away with the cows


Away With The Cows .

I’m off….to a place free of billboards.  Buses wrapped in something to sell.  Drive-throughs.   Being stalked by bargain hunters circling for your spot.  Pushed and shoved by commuters thick who’ve left their manners at home.  Blasted for taking your time.   Fingered for errors along the way.

No.  I want to stand in hot, steaming cow poo in sloppy boots that scuff along gravel tracks.  Sniff the coats of horses.  Toss fans of grain to bossy chooks.  Squirt full cream milk from an udder warm to touch – save some for the snow white cat.  Poach an egg of bright, bright orange plucked straight from a nesting hen (which seems a touch cruel for a city slicking, supermarket savy sort).  Doesn’t pay to think to long, so on and on I’ll go…

Bottle feed the orphan lambs yet to lose their tails.  Stick grubby fingers into mouths of calves to fee the suckle of a spiky tongue.  Dodge the hungry pegs of pigs in mud and mosh and slush. Say ‘hello’ to sweat and dirt – say ‘goodbye’ to clean.  Wake to cock-a-doodle-do and moo.

And I’ll come back home feeling pleasantly stripped of all things urban and clean.  With a John Wayne walk from long forest rides.  Feeling oh, so pleasantly sozzled from lazy long days free of clocks and diaries oh so full.  And no internet connection – eeeh haaa!

(Clunk & Jam book, 2019).


October 16, 2009 - Army of Ink Little Black Duck



army of ink little black duck


Little Black Duck .

Mary doesn’t go around anymore, preferring the swamp to the lake.  Where one is not laced in ribbons and bows, or stood up like pretty maids all in a row.  And ducks are not ugly because they wear black.  Jacks can be Jills –  Jills can be Jacks.  

When Mary accepted she was different – she could get away with being herself … and even if she didn’t fit it – she still had a place.


(Clunk & Jam book, 2019)

August 23, 2009 - Army of In Can’t Wait

army of ink can't wait

Sometimes I can’t wait any longer – so I just have to go .

(Originally in ‘Rock The Boat’ handmade book.  Now in Clunk & Jam book 2019)

August 20, 2009 - Army of Rain Rain Go Away


army of in rain rain go away

Rain, Rain Go Away .

This little soldier discovered that sometimes there isn’t an answer for everything – and the uncertainty that now holds her so tight and still will, in time, also hold some answers. 

(Originally in ‘Rock The Boat’ handmade book.  Now in Clunk & Jam 2019)