Monthly Musings

December – Time: Limbo

December – Time: Limbo

Limbo We are somewhere between the days before and the days to come. Waiting to see a deadpan face, giving away nothing of the long-term prognosis. We are somewhere between the fire and the rain waiting for sanity to arrive. Will the future be smoke […]

December – Time: Past

December – Time: Past

Past The past arrives, like four o’clock in the morning It presses you with insights, but on waking, in daylight there are only fuzzy dream-like edges It is a spiral all that is unresolved, returns to be dealt with once again faces change, faces forgotten […]

December – Time: Present

December – Time: Present

Present There is only now Now, the sun lands gently on your shoulder, and even if you try, you cannot bring forth the moonlight; it will come when the silver sliver has her moment Not before There is only the now Now, the time arrived, […]

December – Time: Time

December – Time: Time

Time How did we get here? This clutter-filled space where connection has been replaced with tasks. You asked me how I was, and I said “busy” – it would take too long to tell you what is really going on And we would both have […]

November – Language: Language

November – Language: Language

Language Let me take words and paint you a picture; The topsoil of my faith is shallow and lacking in nutrients; The candles, the hope, the meaning I used to hang my heart on, eroded by the flood; The emotions that spilled from the peaks […]

November – Language: Words

November – Language: Words

Words I remember the words, the ones we sacrificed on the altar of love; the very ones we thought would keep us alive Intentions cast in stone, words turned to rock; pebbles now on the shrine of regret, we pick them up at four in […]

November – Language: Inspiration

November – Language: Inspiration

Inspiration Sometimes inspiration comes in a bolt, a light that stirs internally, and shifts the mood from low and slow, to joy Something so powerful should be vast and magnificent, but in reality, it is normally small; The way the slipping sun falls through the […]

November – Language: Meaning

November – Language: Meaning

Meaning Every word has meaning, how do we all know, that this is a pot or this is a clock? From the sky, to the sea; the way I say you, the way you say me Every word holds something different for each; perhaps in […]

October – Seasons: Autumn

October – Seasons: Autumn

Autumn Autumn came to whisper – clinging on is futile, all that is attached will once again fall upon the ground Autumn came to tell me – summer’s work was done and the time was now, to flow to fallow, and rest before the reawakening […]

October – Seasons: Winter

October – Seasons: Winter

Winter In the winter of the frozen prayers, when the leaves of language had fallen to the ground and dissolved within the pond of life, you still remembered how to say “I love you” In the winter of the barbed-wired heart when feelings took flight […]

October – Seasons: Summer

October – Seasons: Summer

Summer All those summers, when innocence was bronzed, and love grew ripe on apple trees All those summers when laughter, dappled in the leaves and everyone you loved was whole and near and vital All those summers now in black and white and those remaining […]

October – Seasons: Spring

October – Seasons: Spring

Spring Wistful wisteria lays in wait, watching, not knowing that it is the day before the leaves appear Naked branches blanched in shyness, scrape the ice from the sky, and know it is the day before the leaves appear Frozen heart, locked in loneliness, sees […]

September – Dreams and Memories: Longings

September – Dreams and Memories: Longings

Longings It arrives in sleep, this deepest longing, repressed, forgotten how much I used to love the simplicity of green and blue against the sun It arrives in sleep, this innate remembering, still alive within my core, and I am a smaller version of myself, […]

September – Dreams and Memories: Illusions

September – Dreams and Memories: Illusions

Illusions They say you are gone but I know you are only out in the garden, going for a walk, enjoying the sun They say you are gone but I know you are only just around the corner peering at the doves in the tall […]

September – Dreams and Memories: Memories

September – Dreams and Memories: Memories

Memories In years to come when my bones are brittle but my memories clear, I don’t want to be the last one who remembers blue skies In years to come when my heart beats slowly but my memories are crisp, I don’t want to be […]

September – Dreams and Memories: Dreams

September – Dreams and Memories: Dreams

Dreams The night is made for dreaming; stars puncturing the sky, the gentle rocking of the oarless boat drifting to the place that knows no time I will meet you where the crickets dwell on a summer’s night, as they sing their song to the […]

August – Travel: Myriad

August – Travel: Myriad

Myriad There is something about travelling, your feet touching unknown ground and the music of that particular patch of land playing into your body There is something about awakening, when you see yourself In others, you in dark skin, you with brown eyes, a myriad […]

August – Travel: Strangers

August – Travel: Strangers

Strangers In a strange land the sky was not my own I wandered through the streets alone and no one looked like me In a strange land the food was not what I had grown; table for one, I dined a million miles from home […]

August – Travel: Meander

August – Travel: Meander

Meander Come take my hand, let’s meander with no particular destination on our compass; just endless possibilities of finding a hollow in the scrub of noise; a clearing in the trees Come take my hand, let me tell you of the hidden words that won’t […]

August – Travel: Destinations

August – Travel: Destinations

Destinations Someone assumed, given my youth when I emigrated that I was fearless They were not to know I spent years calling Australia home, before I had ever tasted the water or witnessed the red sand crashing like waves into the blue ocean Soothing my […]

August – Travel: Wanderlust

August – Travel: Wanderlust

Wanderlust Sometimes the anticipation of travel is more exciting than going; the thought that the sky may be wider than the pile of dishes blocking the horizon connecting beyond the mundane of “what should we have for dinner?” to the joy of sitting with a […]

July – Art and Music: Creation

July – Art and Music: Creation

Creation Random notes joined together, you created, living art Different shades, matching colours, uniquely you sound of blue Helix strand, filled with love, embodied now but eternal you © Tanya Southey #52words52weeks #monthlymusing   Please follow and like us:

July – Art and Music: Joy of Art

July – Art and Music: Joy of Art

Joy of Art Joy bubbles in tiny movements, holding a paintbrush at a delicate angle, the first gentle blue on a blank canvas Joy arrives through the eyes, glancing at the wall filled with art; drinking it in Joy bursts from the drum, in the […]

July – Art and Music: Music

July – Art and Music: Music

Music I have a recurring dream, a place I have never been, achingly familiar, I know the curves of the hills; the trees call my name; the river has held the stars and the music speaks in a key that knows, notes float strung together […]

July – Art and Music: Symphony

July – Art and Music: Symphony

Symphony The squawking parrots open the first bars of morning, breaking the hush that held the night; the crows to my knowledge have never committed murder, except to screech intentions at an empty sky; the earliest dog walkers totter like treble clefs, led by their […]

June – Relationships: Lovers

June – Relationships: Lovers

Lovers You were my first love, you held me like no other, blanketed me with sky, soothed me to sleep in violet moonlight, and told me we were spinning through the stars You were my first love you kissed me with crystal water and whispered […]