Across the next month I will be fundraising for White Ribbon Australia – which works towards the prevention of men’s violence against women.
From their website:
White Ribbon Australia is a part of a global social movement working to eliminate gendered violence. We strive for an Australian society where all women and children are safe.
White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement engaging men and boys to end men’s violence against women and girls, promote gender equality and create new opportunities for men to build positive, healthy and respectful relationships.
The White Ribbon Australia movement works through a primary prevention approach in communities, schools and workplaces across the country. Through our programs and campaigns, we engage with men to become active in the social change needed to stop men’s violence against women and children.
This is an issue very close to my heart, and as such I am excited to be helping in my small way to help raise awareness. If you’d like to donate to my fundraising page, Click Here
“The standard that you walk by is the standard you accept.”
– Lieutenant General David Lindsay Morrison AO
Her full-bellied wax turned to wane
The shattered shale shifting underfoot
Holding blackened secrets too much for one to bear
Her leaves wilt, her roots rot
And I only helped in cutting the branches
Pruning happiness and throwing it to the pyre
While fruit and flower were ripped before ripe
And cried out on the ground just out of reach
A broken home with ghosts in its hallways
With poison in its veins
A baby cries in darkness for fear and confusion
Photographs and memories are shoved into a drawer
I’ve lost all control
I feel nothing
Not even pain
Those aren’t your eyes
Like the ninth, I watched from outside looking in
And flung towards you through Neptune’s cobalt.
The seventh, on its side paid little heed
On Saturn’s rings I skate and pick up speed
And shoot past the pregnant pull of Jupiter
To smash through belts of rock and ice
Inward now past Mars – the only red that’s cold
Ignoring home despite its patient worry
Into the reckless heat of Venus I yearn
To knock the first from its perch within your sight
We burnt bright and died fast.
My wayward turned head eclipsed the light
And outward bound my course then took the turn
Past home, I won’t return, I need not hurry
Even if I wanted, there was nothing I could hold
And purpose sheds its skin and precedes vice
My course but one pulse from the quantum arbiter
And without root I am a useless seed
On the wind of space with vagabond lead
Only faster, no hope of halt
Beyond the ninth into oblivion.
Fog of the morning gone by midday
Or dreams forgotten on awakening
Stand as memories only in a field
Of carved totems swiftly been
Continue reading “Greenstone”
The decade is done. It was a quiet year for me on the writing front, mostly due to the arrival of my gorgeous little daughter in June. Two kids is insanity! But it is wonderfully rewarding, especially when my 3 year old shows such a vigorous interest in his own books; reading stories to him is one of my favourite things to do.
As always, I thought I’d like to share the best books I read during the year, with hopes that you might discover something that interests you!
- On Being Blue (William H. Gass) – a beautiful little essay of sorts that celebrates the brilliance of words and language.
- Diary of a Nobody (George and Weedon Grossmith) – the hilarious diary of Mr. Pooter, a optimistic yet delusional everyman.
- The Oblique Place (Caterina Pascual Soderbaum) – this was a moving novel that focused on the horrors of World War II, specifically the Holocaust and the dramatic effect it had on humanity. A challenging but excellent book.
- The Art of Reading (Damon Young) – similar to On Bring Blue, this was an essay about what makes for great reading. So much of literature is squared on the art of writing, this book flips that notion on its head.
- The Other Side (Albert Kubin) – a creepy surreal story that evokes the haunting style of the author’s artworks.
- The School of Life (Alain de Botton) – a self-help book, yes, which I’m normally a bit ‘meh’ about, but this book taught me some excellent things.
- The Metamorphosis (Franz Kafka) – famously sad tale of a man who wakes up one day and has transformed into a giant insect.
Then there’s the big one – I spent the entire year reading the Bible on a daily, and have just recently finished reading the whole thing. It’s been wonderfully rewarding and insightful to have God’s word as part of a daily routine. I’m a bit sad that it’s all over now, but I guess I’ll just have to read some of it again!
If you’re looking for a free book to read over the holiday period, both Tenebrae Manor and The Will of the Wisp are free to download for the next few days.
My plans for 2020 are loose and a little directionless. I would like to write a bit more than I did this year, but here’s to hoping that both time permits it and that inspiration strikes. After a difficult 2019 for myself on a personal level, I’ll just be hoping 2020 holds bluer skies (literally – Sydney is choking on bushfire smoke right now!).
But anyway, Merry Christmas, merry decade. Keep reading, keep writing. Bring on the roaring ’20s.