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Cry, the beleaguered country

I cry mustafa
impertinent refugee
wanting just hope

Another verse inspired by a client, this one a refugee kept in Limbo for ten years by successive Australian governments. I won’t relate the circ’s – don’t want you to cry.

Mustafa: Origin: Arabic. Meaning:
The chosen one.

Fall for A I

I started a dialogue with ChatGPT about a haiku for a picture with the morning sun streaming through a stand of gumtrees. But a system error occurred, and when we re-engaged, the following unfamiliar verse was offered instead of what we had been working on.
I’ve changed the first line (which was a bland ‘The autumn leaves fall’) to link the rustle of leaves to ‘whispering’, which opens line two. I added a title, removed unnecessary punctuation and changed any Caps to lower case. It’s quite a pleasing haiku. I don’t know who ChatGPT was doing it for, but here it is

autumn leaves rustle
whispering secrets of change
nature’s artistry

This unrelated photo of gumtrees is included for fun.

Perennial gum trees

Forward ho!

gumtrees stand in line
with clear light blue sky above
the perfect frontier

Charles Harpur, Australian author of ‘Forward ho!’, may have inadvertently encouraged the gung ho destruction of indigenous land and culture with his c1865 poem, despite its theme of fighting for liberty and fraternity. When prompted, ChatGPT3 suggested that its message of persistence might be relevant to those seeking to redress remaining inequities and injustices today.

I’m Charles Harpur and I’m voting for an Indigenous Voice to Parliament in the forthcoming referendum.


Free transport to another state

bush is flung my way
a bit of Queensland in Vic
obverse odyssey

The Roth Hetherington Botanical Native Garden in Keysborough Victoria curates native bushland from each state in Australia, plus the Northern Territory.
Thank you City of Greater Dandenong

Culture cliff notes:
The word ‘transport’ is an historical reference to the transportation of criminals to Australia that laid a foundation for colonising the country. For me, that places a question mark over how we impose our will on the natural world.
The words ‘another state’ are used to imply the physical and metaphysical, and these remnant bushlands move me, speak to my spirit. A conflict? Nevermind.
Vic is short for Victoria, which is in the South and is temperate; Queensland is in the North and tropical/ sub-tropical.