A PLACE TO CELEBRATE

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Tiger! Tiger! Burning Bright
Upon the river of the Night
Who’d believe that she can’t see;
~ This paradox of felin~inity ~
Regally drifting upon her bier,
Not yet aware, it seems
The wood’s on fire.

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ELECTION DAY 2022

NJARALI

(Smoke From Cigarettes)

Galarrwuy Yunupingu

GOBULU

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Darkness at Midday

So I've waited here - all year
To say goodnight to a year past;
and good morning to tomorrow.

Asleep then awake not dying;
To find that Emoh Ruo's virtual reality
is a blinding white lie; not a real estate.


Australia


This perfect place a bonfire of self love
now running on empty; soon spent.

Paying tithe to a new year coming;
back rent due as a poisoning ash  
falls softly upon all of you

Ouroboros

This zombie serpent In a continental desert:
A living dead reminder of a childish greed for life.

Now when fools poets and priests defer to politicos -
To lead the peoples' heart to sanctuary and hope - 
They find entanglement in a maelstrom of petty strife.

Envoi

No angels but innocent ghosts haunting my sleep
As a frantic dream of tomorrow my soul dares keep.

Though I can find no simple rhyme or reason
Summer in Australia is now its saddest season.




AfW
February 2020

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Once upon a time this bird – flew a sub-urban nest 

Embracing life’s challenges – to always do its best

Wending every which way – north south east or west

Ignoring death’s triumphant gazealways the quest

Still finding the horizon’s final false promise of rest

 

ANZAC DAY 2022

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October 13 2021

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O QUAM MIRABILIS EST

How wondrous is the prescience of the 
divine Heart,
that foreknew every creature!

For when God gazed into the face of the
human being whom he formed,
he beheld all his works,
in that same human form, entire.

How wondrous is the informing breath 
that awoke mankind in this way!

HILDEGARDE VON BINGEN

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CANTELOUBE

Songs of the Auvergne

MADELAINE GREY

Soprano

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Behold Borneo
Ecce Borneum
Beautiful of Body
Pulchra Corporis
Perfect in Spirit
Perfectum in Spiritus
Not born of Humanity
Non ex Humanitas
I am the Stuff of Stars
A Effercio Stellarum
Behold Borneo
Ecce Borneum
The True Vessel of Life
Verum Vas Vita
 
 
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A COTTAGE NAMED JOAN

There was the occasional traveler at the gate and even though a fear of clowns and the plague did otherwise rule the land beyond the walls ~ he always happily welcomed artisans. Over time the largest Kunstkabinett they had seen in Castlemania was slowly built upon the rocky hill the ancients had named Knossos.

Not a mausoleum – a shrine to dawn ~ to his optimism.

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By all accounts MMXX was a dark year ~ but for AfW not without moments of dazzling illumination.

Perhaps perversely for many – for AfW certainly –  a year in isolation provided a welcoming quarantine after some years of a delightful rambling exile – the guttering light of a life lighting a heroic pathway out of the banal Necropolis, social responsibilities and gilded middle class mediocrity blazing a rusted staircase to heaven.

Joan provides a made for one crevice in the World Rock. A grotto to call home. A not uncomfortable metaphor for rebirth the always been the always hoped for endgame of the decade-long Fool’s Journey MMX ~ MMXX that saw him age LXVII~LXXVII.

Bought by his children in December 2017 the Worker’s Brick Cottage 1865 has slowly been modified to have reliable wifi – some enhanced resistance to challenging weather patterns – and the Gazania and rock decked dirt footpath outside the front door is doing well.

A good place indeed to finish his time on Earth. Somewhere, his Tazmanian father Jeff, dead at LX probably dreamt of – somewhere perfectly situated between the police station and the catholic church.  

His end holds no mystery for him. Now with more parts of his body missing a beat than he can be bothered spending the time fixing. Life like ebbing waves surmounting a childhood sand dyke – enough effort has been spent defending and restoring. Time now to stand  back – breathless hands on hips, watching – not waiting – for the inevitable that is to come.

Much more engrossing than concerning it is the super nova he gets to watch and considers himself privileged to be awake, and onstage for the final curtain.

A new studio house rises on the hill behind Joan – a Palace on Knossos. Soon grave goods will be moved into its ark – A final resting place for Anthony Frederick Ward – who still chooses to live his life as a story from an Empire Boys C’mas Annual Circa 1958.

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“To romanticize the world is to make us aware of the magic, mystery and wonder of the world; it is to educate the senses to see the ordinary as extraordinary, the familiar as strange, the mundane as sacred, the finite as infinite.”

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SELLING BILL

W.D. (BILL) WILLIAM HAMMOND 1947- 2021 WAS BORN IN LYTTLETON  NEW ZEALAND

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MARY ELIUZABETH

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BULLFINCH’S MYTHOLOGY

The Age Of Fable

1855

 

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THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF OUR TEARS

Fig. ! ~ A Lacrimatory Vessel

 

Kalymnikos Issos (Dance from Kalymnos)

 

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IN SPRING

Beauty’s curse not hid at all
Catches a voyeur’s attention
Like the kiss of bat and ball

WHERE

Ancient ferals glean forlorn
Upon the manicured strips
Of verdigris suburban lawn

SUMMER IS BORN

Silver crested one vain galah
Avoids the still chill shadows
Muttering winter’s last hurrah

HERE I AM

Still erect in this twilit world
An aged cock rooster stands
Sentinel memories unfurled

THE SONG IS

Magpies carol a bleeding sky
A siren’s rousing fanfare call
Distracting me – a wanton eye

BEGINNING

Rains will bring orange dust
A balm to his once hot blood
It’s bouquet of summer lust

AGAIN

His ourobouros seeks its end
A peau douce hold on reason
Allowing that rules may bend

 

AfW
October 2020

 

 

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June 1968 – July 1973

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94 EDGEVALE ROAD KEW
1979 – 2017
 

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2010 ~ 2019

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Home are the haunted ;

home with their kill…

At Noojee June 2019

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On February 19th 2019

AfW returned to Australia from [Sarawak]; 

parenthesising a decade of his Narrative.

He was 67 and is now 76 and not

much wiser for the [mindmiles]

traveled.

“I’m coming Penelope..! “

… he said, pulling on his overcoat.

…he said dragging on a MonteCristo,

a gift from his son on his last 69th birthday.

…he said while thinking only of the [Moreau]

he stumbled upon…in 1974.

…in 1974.

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At Noojee June 2019

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Anthony Frederick Ward?

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1990 ~ 2009

Autumnal Digression

[Not-A-Haiku]

At Noojee June 2019

 

One – probably Easter – Autumn day the boy asked,

“Why is it so hot in Summer and Cold in Winter?”

“There’s a dragon in the forest,” he was told.

“What’s a dragon?”

“A really big lizard that breathes fire.

Like a Tyrannosaurus Rex …

..with flame coming out its mouth…

It sleeps through Winter…”

“Like Godzilla”

“Not Japanese!”

 

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1982 ~ 1989

Melbourne ~ Khrungthep

At Noojee June 2019

BO  – “There’s a job here if you want it.”

TW – “I’ll drop in on my way to the UK.”

BO – “If you timed it for the O&M Christmas Party

          you could meet [Khun Sunandha.]”

TW – “OK’

OK!

 

1973 ~ 1981

How Great Thou[Self] Art!

At Noojee June 2019

The only [truefootprint] we could discover for this late 20th century hunter gatherer is in the forest of  the [worldmind].

1964 ~ 1973

A Terse Interdependence

At Noojee June 2019

       Faced with [selffreedom] to create according to his own plan the Author followed a preordained path unknowable to him at the time; defined, guided and illuminated by Choice – Chance’s [harlotsister] and Random – his [FirstLove]. 

 

Iteration is an end in itself

At Noojee June 2019

SELFSATISFACTION + ITERATION = EDUCATION

Is [SELFSATISFACTION] the highest or lowest possible human achievement or more or less increasingly absent from core [worldhumanity] altogether.

Observing Jacky hitting himself on the head with an iron bar a  passing squatter intervenes –

Why are you hitting yourself over the head poor man – ?

Because him feels plurry good Boss.

Stop !

1956 ~ 1963

This boy!

At Noojee June 2019

       “This [daydreamer] has grown up seeing the real world as 45 dpi screened images overprinted with a bloody spot colour Stop-Press garnishing a gritty black ink smear on newsprint. The unforgettable darkness of the Hiroshima Panels or the pin-up-able forever autumnal Woman’s Weekly gravure.  He understood that the job classification of [print devil] was a real option and had by three years old identified hydro carbon vapour as one of his favourites. And soon after that the fragrance of synthetic raspberry, dark chocolate, vanilla ice cream and a banana milkshake. Underwritten by a persistent base note of floor wax on boards. An Evening in Paris avec Marveer…

1943 ~ 1955

You Bastard!

At Noojee June 2019

Joan and Malcolm were engaged in 1939. Malcolm died in 1939. Joan was 21.

Jeff and Joan were married in 1941.  Anthony was born in 1943. Joan was 25.

Joan was diagnosed with dementia in 1970. She was 52. Joan was sectioned by the police in 1970 after a disturbance at Alpha Street She was found to be intestate, declared a ward of the State and her estate  attached by the State.

Anthony visited his mother once when she was in Larundel in 1970 with IH but not again until 1976 at MontPark with AM. In 1978 the Joan’s  diagnosed early onset dementia resulted in her death from pneumonia .

Joanie was 60 years old. A detailed chronology of events immediate to that dark day can only follow facts yet to be revealed. Imagination left alone arrayed naked on hot wire can only define a misery that is Grief.

Who called the police to 1 Alpha Street Nth Balwyn?

Was it a bottle of milk or a steak knife?

Call D~24 ?

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In the late 90’s – early

noughties -Tony Ward (AfW)

measured Photoshop 4 against

the day of Family Ward

and Swinburne @ Prahran

in digital postcards.

 

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1840

There Was A Crooked Man And He walked a Crooked Mile, He Found A Crooked Sixpence Upon A Crooked Stile.He Bought A Crooked Cat, Which Caught A Crooked Mouse and they all lived together in A Crooked Little House.

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The Longest Age passed and to all not he; River Time flowed seemingly straight A to B

Fates shared; Sun gilded threads coalesce ornate – Splendorous and Gorgeous; one thing obdurate.

‘Bah Humbug’… he declared with a sigh.

Life’s straight line’s quite crook’d to my eye!

2017

Born with the capacities

not the strength

to be a Good Man

Grasping tools and flesh

he fashioned idols

as a Useful Man

Learning

through mundane works

how to be a Caring Man

Finding at least

in the promise of his children

a Better Man

Kneeling at the edge of The Forest

sated being Every Man

Bathed in life’s lastlight

he can at last smile

a Happy Man

 

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It was early winter in 2018 and he had returned for his birthday from that other place.

Maybe in another life or parallel universe – he had been there before… But the absolute certainty of what he saw and recorded was familiar and he would return.

Going for a walk into town early one morning of a five day stay at Annie Horner’s off Greenhill with AZ – he’d stepped through the back fence knowing he would come out near the first corner in Green Hill in from the main road.

He recognized the cottage almost hidden behind the Agent’s sign by the road – but from down hill he knew it for the first time.

ASW discovered it independently on a Real Estate site and we did return to it while the sale sign was still on it – and thought about it…

 

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It was a trip to Tasmania – his first since 1946 – also with AZ.

On a side trip from Hobart to Forcett the car for a moment pierced the membrane that enveloped his past and he knew he was seeing what his father saw.

 

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My motto is: Contented with little~Yet hoping for more.

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One Response to “A PLACE TO CELEBRATE”

  1. Fred Harden Says:

    I knocked but thought that you were no longer home. I just wanted to leave this under the door, so after resetting my wordpress account and clicking all over the place I’ll try again. Just a Super 8 transfer from my not very high res home scanner. Needing an edit, music (suggestion?) before I show it to everyone
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