Writer Contributions from 2009

Fire – when misused

According to the proverb, fire is a good servant but a bad master. However, fire employed by a bad man, can be a bad servant. Despite the often brilliant forensic analyses into the criminal use of fire, called arson, such cases are probably involved in the highest...

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Pulp Friction

Gunns' pulp mill proposed for Northern Tasmania is a political football. The Greenies have Gunns in their sights and say they can't seize the wood for the trees. Their global warning is that Gunns' assault of the Earth is typical of the effluent society. Meanwhile,...

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Teegan

She is standing there at the rails looking at me. She is doing that often these days. She is saying goodbye. Goodbye to me and the property, as she is moving to town. A shame really, I liked it with her. She is looking at me ever so sad. I don't know why she is moving...

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Elsa seen through Naomi’s eyes

My nanny has all these funny ideas. Sometimes, I wonder if she isn't quite there. Like she thinks she can communicate with animals, through mental telepathy. Not just animals, like cats and dogs, but insects, too, and snakes. Anything really. She had saved one of...

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Discoveries

(A short story written to include the names (red) of all the horses in the Melbourne Cup) The Associate Professor of Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies at Cambridge was on summer vacation. Most years he returned to his boyhood hunting ground - Galleons Reach, just...

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Come, Let Me Arm You With a Kiss

Come, let me arm you with a kiss as you step into your business face tighten the tie that gags your words to fit the corporate image adjust your rimless glasses to better see legal and insurance tangles tuck in your shirt to deny your gender it has no place in the...

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Haiku

White wave tops crashing; incessantly powerful; attacking the beach. Outside my window magpies warble all day long; black and white humour. Fluffy cumulus riding a heavenly sky; white woolly bundles. Flowers in vases, pretty, scented and bunch-like but better...

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The traveller

To travel they say is to journey, To travel they say is to roam, But distance and place is a slap in the face When the traveller leaves his home. Our journey to England was freezing, Our journey to Spain was a bore. Thinking us British, the French were malicious When...

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Rain

I washed the windows in the morning: it rained in the afternoon: it usually does! But this time the rain did not stop. It pattered down, drumming on tin roofs, became heavier as evening darkened into night; hammered against old brick walls, streaming away in gleaming...

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Cry for Justice

The inevitable tide creeps closer obliterating his last words: IT WAS NOT ME His last words clawed disfiguratively in soft sinking sand on this desolate beach: deeply disturbing, distressing. Defiant! Angry surf rolls relentlessly, foaming white-flecked wave tops,...

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Laboratory Glassware

Chemistry labs are places where you can find dozens of different types of glassware. Nowadays a lot of it has been replaced by plastic, but the old names are retained. You can have plastic beakers, plastic test tubes, plastic Florence flasks, plastic watch glasses. Of...

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