Friday, 17 September 2010


Hollow diabolo,
squeezes future
into now.

Momentary awareness
gone to mem'ry
too soon.

Look up Magpie Tales for more poetic fun.


  1. Good on you, sir. I like the meter,
    the 2-2-2, then 2-3-2 brevity;
    some numerologist's wet dream.
    You say so much with so few
    words, like you have read
    too much Hemingway, too much
    Karouac. I always bent the other
    way, verbose to a fault, hot wind,
    stinging symbols, weeping memories.
    Like your stuff.

  2. I like the suggestion of playing with time. 'Squeezing the future into now' is a brilliant, brilliant line. There is a string theory component to it that I really like. Very cool.

  3. Dear Stafford,
    What a fun post! As you know, I went a bit serious this time around.

    Thanks for dropping by. I am glad you liked my little poem on Indonesian/Borobodur epic and history. I am no expert but I love the stories and research them thoroughly as much as I can. Likewise, I should learn more about Australia, not only close neighbours - happens to be my birthland!

    I tried to get stories from Australia when I was writing From The Gathering [my second book] which my publisher is now putting into lay out. However, I could not find one that connected. Any suggestions?

  4. Stafford,
    Grabbing the present is really the only choice we have, n'cest pa? brief; most truth is!

  5. It's always "now", the rest is memory or did so well with this!!

  6. Juggling and distorting our priorities doesn't buy us more time ... Nicely done, Stafford.

  7. "... squeezes future
    into now."

    And we humanoids each have only so much sand.
    GOD and his love is unmetered -- infinite.

    Have not read others inspired from this 'Magpie Tales' photo, but I'm sure there are some grand and great as well. Just saying that your writing is appreciated, here and elsewhere. Thanks for reading


  8. ... a wider meaning of the author's title may not have been missed -- it describes a (fiction) novel's plot element, ah ... in progress


  9. Short and sweet and memorable, excellent.

  10. QwkDrw, no, a new novel is not in the works. My one completed novel remains still unread by any agent or publisher despite maybe a hundred letters with attached precis. I am a but discouraged on that front right now and meanwhile the predictions continue to roll up to scare me, knowing what is coming.

  11. This is profound and wise, Stafford, but also very charming and beautifully vivid. Your words provoke and conjure such brilliant imagery and thoughts. Your first stanza is quite, quite marvellous too.

  12. Too true! Short and sweet (or is that sour).

  13. Short, direct, profound. I like this.

  14. "Momentary awareness
    gone to mem'ry
    too soon."

    Well, you nailed me on that one. It seems the only mem'ries that hangs on for too long are the ones of our "oops" and sorrows.

  15. An tribute to Selma:

    There once was a Helen called Woonie
    Some called her quite loony tune-y
    With head held so high, without batting an eye
    She let loose a lemon meringue pie!

  16. time and memories--all move so quickly--great magpie!

  17. Time is so fleeting- no wonder we squeeze it to death
    and I love your post for Sam about the blind men and the elephant. We are so blind to each other -pity Maybe someday we'll be wise enough to take off our blinders and see and remove our earplugs and listen.

  18. This is great. I am left thinking about those stricken with Alzheimer' strange to have possible momentary awareness but no memory too soon or otherwise.

  19. Great writing and witty thinking, dear Sir. :)

  20. Stafford you said so much with this...I love it!!! :-)

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