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#Haiku: Seeds of hope

Haiku inspired by these dill seeds in my herb garden, radiant with afternoon light. At the time, I thought of how words, like seeds, could sow, grow, nurture, inspire, cut, wound and more. Seeds: pregnant with hope on the cusp of a new beginning. What harvest awaits? © Monique Mulligan 2017 What do I want my words to sow? Not just those I write, but those I say. I wrote the draft of this haiku while sitting in a waiting room with a friend at hospital last night. And at the time, I was thinking, ‘Give me words, the right words’ to say to my hurting friend.

Take time to rest

I admit I’m not the best at taking my own advice. You know, the advice that goes something like, ‘Take a load off’, ‘Have a rest’, ‘Give yourself a break’ or, as my teen son is fond of saying, ‘Chill’. I read things like this and fully agree. But don’t actually listen. I’m accomplished at feeling guilty if I don’t do something. If I don’t produce something, or have something to show for my day. I have multiple lists of things to tick off – personal and professional – and so I usually have plenty to fill my time. But when I have extra free time, like now, in that week between Christmas and the New Year, I potter … in other words, I try to find something to do. Like sorting cupboards – filling the boot of the car with things I don’t need and can go to others who do need it. Like deciding to wash everyone’s sheets and blankets. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. It’s like I see this extra …

Live deep…

This little bird danced around in my golden kangaroo paws this morning, drinking nectar as it hopped from stem to stem, trilling sounds of joy in between sips. It was a delight to watch. It reminded me of this Henry David Thoreau quote, which gives me chills every time I hear it in one of my favourite movies, Dead Poets Society: “I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life.” This bird gets it.  

Midweek Moment #62:

“In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Louise and I have gone in different directions this week with our photos. What is similar though, is that each image has the essence of simplicity. Walking through the rainforest in cold, wet south-western Tasmania, I took the opportunity to get some macro shots before the rain came down again. I had to be quick – the rain was on and off as though someone up above was playing games with me. This shot of a leafy tendril embracing a water droplet is my favourite. The plant is holding on to the droplet for all it’s worth. While there’s a survival element here, it also strikes me as nurturing. It must be that embrace, reminding me of holding on to my children, not wanting to let them go. Maybe it’s because they’re so grown up now … my younger son has just left home and while I’ve spent years holding him tight, I know it’s time to let …

Midweek Moment #61: Lake landscapes

‘Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.’ Wallace Stevens Blue Eyes and I escaped to Tasmania last week for our first holiday of greater than ‘two sleeps’ without our kids. We loved it so much there, we are already talking about going back again in 2017. My camera had such a workout as we drove through varying landscapes, from the high country to the (small) cities. While there, we experienced all weather types, sometimes in one day: rain, sun, hail and even snow. Driving from Queenstown to Tarraleah, we stopped the car for a snow-capped mountain photo op, when we noticed sleet begin to fall. How we danced around in excitement! Like we were children! (Blue Eyes grew up in WA and had never experienced this). But it was to get better. It was snowing by the time we reached Derwent Bridge, but when we reached Tarraleah, Blue Eyes thought the snow wouldn’t make it. I was convinced it would. I woke at 5.30am the next morning, coughing and spluttering (I was …

Just walking in the snow (in Tasmania)

Do you ever have moments when you remember what it is to feel like a child again? My inner child came to the fore while visiting Tasmania, shouting out in delight, ‘Snow!’, ‘Echidna!’, ‘Wombat!’, ‘Look at that!’ regularly while Blue Eyes wound our hire car over winding roads. Note: Not always the best thing to do when the road is winding. But no more obvious was my inner child than in Tarraleah, a quaint 1930s-style town originally built to accommodate hydro-electric scheme workers. With its pastel cottages (pink, purple, blue and more), it is simply cute. Very cute. And when the snow fell overnight, revealing a wintry landscape at first light, my inner child, my wannabe Anne of Green Gables, was enchanted by the ‘White Way of Delight’ out the window. Have a look through my eyes. Isn’t it lovely?

Haiku: Rainforest #1

This haiku was written while cruising the Gordon River in Tasmania. As part of the cruise, we walked through the rainforest. It was wet, wild and so, so green. Limbs entwined, grasping for life. Moss-blanketed, rain fed, the forest thrives. © Monique Mulligan 2016  

Midweek Moment #59: How fragile we are

This week is one of reflection for Louise and I. I’ve always wanted to see the tulips at Araluen in Spring, but this is the first year I’ve managed to go. As expected, there were loads of people taking photos – selfies (don’t get me started on selfie sticks), close ups of flowers, bobbing down between garden beds and so on. What could I get that was somewhat different? Earlier this week I shared some photos of tulips reflected in water that resemble Monet’s Impressionist artworks. These photos have a soft, almost painted quality that I love and sum up my mood that day – soft and dreamy. The photo I’m sharing today is a sharper reflection of tulips in the frog pond. For me, it speaks to me of the way aspects of life suddenly takes on a sharper focus as priorities shift and change. It’s strange because today I’m feeling meditative and a bit blurred; I’m overwhelmed by a few things going on at home, and what I’m striving for is that clear focus …

Midweek Moment(s) #56 & 57: The beauty of life

Life swept Louise and I up in a whirlwind last week so we weren’t able to share a Midweek Moment post … but we’re making up for it with a 2-for-1 special. What’s my excuse? A combination of the paid job, running all-day Book Week sessions, Serenity Press meetings, promising I’d finish a scene in my novel … and the need to hang out with my lovely family. I’d taken photos, but needed time to download and process them. My first photo is of a poppy that’s growing in our backyard. It was a little breezy, which is why the image has that Impressionistic, soft-focus effect … but that’s what I wanted. The red bursts out of the image and keeps drawing me back in. It’s almost hypnotic – the soft background makes me think of flowers in a field, rustling in the breeze, and I want to walk there and leave my life-worries behind. My second photo is a lot sharper. Neighbours down the road have a beautiful native garden with everlasting flowers out the …