Wednesday, November 14, 2012


In the chill 
of loneliness
I wrap myself
in the shadow
of his once being
warmed by the scent
that lingers
on the breath
of memory.


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The eye of the cloud

The eye of the cloud
brushes the valley
with silken lashes

© Merlene Fawdry

Friday, August 10, 2012

Friday, July 27, 2012

in an urban sanctuary
shadows of a drug deal
fall upon blades of grass

~ Merlene Fawdry

Thursday, July 26, 2012

a border of litter
in weed seeded garden
judge not the broken

~ Merlene Fawdry

Friday, July 20, 2012

between the pavers,
born of careless spore
a mushroom triumphs

rising above weeds
it stands tall, in a
world of small things

~ Merlene Fawdry

Thursday, July 19, 2012

suspended in time, his pen
poised over words - unwritten
creativity interred with his muse

Saturday, July 14, 2012

I'm a third year student, he boasted
stating his position
in the two year course

Friday, July 13, 2012

The power of her smile
illuminated the room,
where the old man lay dying
 and she, only one year old

Sunday, June 24, 2012

The passing

my mother’s slippers
watch over her passing
in the way of old friends

her glasses, lonely
for the smile in her eyes
gaze from empty windows

behind the door
her pinny, missing her warmth
hugs her empty shape

until, after the wake
the final separation of
what is, from what was

the ritual burning
consumes shared lives
as a chapter closes

~ Merlene Fawdry

Sunday, June 10, 2012

a few doors down, youths
sprinkle glass confetti
in drunken expression

the following day
children, navigate their way
through shards of defiance

Wednesday, March 28, 2012


in the darkest hour
typewriter and candlelight
a double blessing

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Monday, January 30, 2012

Sunday, January 29, 2012

an epitaph

clouds striate
an epitaph for the day
inscribed on a darkening sky

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Friday, January 27, 2012

ants labour

ants labour, to create
a subterranean compound
hills grow overnight

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Monday, January 23, 2012


the creative spark
that drives my keyboard
return appreciated

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Friday, January 20, 2012

Thursday, January 19, 2012

at the mall

at the mall, a grandmother bends
to kiss a child
forgetting for a moment
the creaks of age,
an exchange that sees her
stand, with a smile
that straightens her back

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


literary pretenders
trawl social networks
promoting skills they have yet to learn

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Grandsons' visit

my house is littered
by the footprints of my grandsons’ visit
baseball caps, discarded socks, ipod cords
and sundry other boy things
but I know, after they’ve gone
the neatness will be an untidy silence 

Monday, January 16, 2012

Sunday, January 15, 2012


depression; a thousand sorrows
beyond depth of tears
it covers his life in a shroud of blue

Saturday, January 14, 2012

garage sales

suburban hunters
line up at the gate
jostling for position
ready to barter
the treasures of another

Friday, January 13, 2012

mothers and daughters

in my daughters I see
in each, an altered version
of a younger me

do they see in me
the mirror of their future

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

introduction to psychedelia

the doona brushing my chin
becomes the jacquard eiderdown of my childhood;
a brush with psychedelia

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


his monologue quickens
to match his obsession
I stand back from contagion

Monday, January 9, 2012

Sunday, January 8, 2012

tap birds

cockatoos in Blundstones
slow march across the roof
tap birds on tin

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Slippery when wet

slippery when wet sign
abandoned on dry walk-way
human sheep detour, conditioned

Friday, January 6, 2012

scrambled thoughts on toast

up-market breakfast cafe offers
off-menu item of screaming children;
scrambled thoughts push eggs aside

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Monday, January 2, 2012

Sunday, January 1, 2012