Writer Contributions from 2002

Dreams go by Contraries

Back in 1962, a friend of mine named Eric was following a horse-racing system which, believe it or not, rarely lost. The system was highly selective and only rarely produced a horse to wager on but on "Debutante Stakes" day at Caulfield it nominated two horses in...

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Road Rage

Batter my brain, lead foot'd loon; for you * As yet but screech past, fast, into the bend So I must brake and stoppe in order to defend My car from blowes and dints whilst new. I, like some ravished maid, tis true lust labour to catch up, but to no end, Until the...

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Ode to Mount Wellington

There she stood, her majestic splendour shone. Warm fingers of morning sun caress her; She is the beauty known as Wellington. Backdrop to the city, all to her defer, Her watchful brooding presence comforts all. Standing on her summit, your senses pound: The scene...

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Targa Race

Cars speed through another small town – And spin on the corners, as they go 'round. While unaware that they may he hit, There on the fence, the onlookers sit; They laugh out loud, and give a cheer, As cars spin out, for they have no fear. On they race, just to get...

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Cut and Thrust

Movie stars need no urgin' To consult a plastic surgeon. Lots of methods are allowed To help out those less well-endowed. A little nip, a little tuck, A little bit off here for luck; Collagen for plumper lips Liposuction for smaller hips; A little cut, a little...

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The Garden of Serenity

Listen to the silence as you walk through the garden of serenity. Let peace be your companion, as you rest a while. See the beauty of the flowers, their colours bright and gay, smell their perfume in the air as you while away the day. Listen to the gentle breeze...

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Celeste

Men deemed her the fleet's very best vessel. Her steel keel, her sheer stem, the level deck Where met her sleekly-swept stern spelt speed — Yet where sped she when she left the levee? West she went, yet where next steered her helm? Every swell's green crest the crew...

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Mt. Wellington from the Eastern Shore

Timeless the mighty mountain stands Timeless the river flowing wide, We see and share their many moods And live our lives out by their side. Who has not watched a lovely sunset And seen God's glory once more new As through the black the red tinge darkens, Gold puffs...

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Autumnal

They go, the hours diminishing our lives And with them tender visions fade away, Yet each nostalgic moment that survives Grows stronger in my heart each passing day; The memory of that so dear, first, fond friend, So lovely, yet I can't recall her name. And others,...

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Ode to a Bush Stone-Curlew

Oft have I heard you in the depth of night As your plaintive cry breaks the solemn hush. Like the damned bewailing their awful plight You weep it seems for the soul of the bush. Cur-looo, Cur-LOOO, your haunting mournful call Cleaves the still night air like the sharp...

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Venice

Almost everything about Venice Has been said or written. Byron, Goethe, Ruskin, Shelley. All, in their way, were smitten. Artists, sculptors, artisans Spent their lives decorating This, the most beautiful of cities: And it is indeed, beautiful. Even though decay is...

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The Plastic Fantastic

In lots of forms and many ways The world of plastics fills our days: Man-made substances like PVC Are never hard to find and see. Remember all the discs we played, Old 78's were from it made; Take thermo-plastic polystyrene Thick as resin, often seen In ceiling tiles...

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Lolly Shop

As a child she used to spend her pocket money on bullseyes, humbugs and licorice at a quaint old lolly shop down the lane. High on the top shelf stood a jar marked Shangri-la*. The shopkeeper kept this for grown-ups only. Frail old pensioners would sample lollies from...

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The Best Laid Plans …

The howl of the wind was quite daunting as it rocked the car from side to side. As the rain lashed against the window screen, the wipers hardly moving with the weight of the rain bearing down on them. They continued to creep along the coastal road, with steep cliffs...

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Thursdays

Thursday morning! How I hate Thursday mornings and those "Weekly Tests" everyone should know by now. I'll never be able to spell, no matter what they do. Last night I went over and over the words we were given for homework, my sisters helped, but why did we waste our...

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The Affair

My affair was quite short really but every minute we spent together was special. I know my wife had her suspicions. Even so, it made no difference to what happened. It's sometimes hard to know exactly when an affair starts - a shy look, a responsive smile, the softly...

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The New Captain

Most people in life experience the fear and trepidation of starting a new job. The more responsible the job and the bigger the organization, the more frightening it can be. One of the most difficult of all, must surely be taking over command of a warship with a ship’s...

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