I spent the night with my I

•June 13, 2019 • 9 Comments

[Fairly recent poem using a dream. Something to do with meditative practice of attempting to watching the ego… Painting is Magritte’s The False Mirror (1928)]

I spent the night with my I and believe me, it was not pleasant

Endless loops of impression design
and management. A cacophony
of engineering. Women I disliked
appeared seductive in open-backed
diaphanies of allure, as I contemplated,
if that’s the word, admiring conquest
of an eloquent mirror.

I tried keeping my I on this I’s antics
throughout the night, too little a veil.

Now, morning, I wash the night
from my non-existent eyes.

Another day, another watchful battle
with the alluring tricks & treats
of my non-existent I. Easy does it,
i-face. I, I, captain.


Well, Yes and No

•April 14, 2019 • 3 Comments

[Recent philosophical poem. The weed-wall image is another phone photo from Katoomba, at the back of Woolworths. I think the weed is fleabane.]

Well, Yes and No

Yes is
new grass, weeds

No is
money, death, a wall
a judge’s wig
the news

includes No

does not include Yes

in rags, naked,
knocks on the door of No
when you least expect it

just goes on forever
like a bad conversation
like television

not mind

Here it is now

•April 9, 2019 • 3 Comments

[Recent haikuesque poem written in a cafe during a great week at a poets’ workshop in Katoomba, Blue Mountains. Photo from my Galaxy J8 phone.]

Here It Is Now

this brick wall
auratic, crowned
with morning light

middleclass early walkers,
highviz men
off to work

thickening silence around
passing school bus,
pop music propping this café

light on teaspoon, on
quivering brown tea surface,
on table my hat, sculpted

Breastfeeding Welcome Here
sign half-torn on glass door
mirroring my half-head mirage

just a transient selfie
passing through
in analogue

saving ourselves through nature

•April 8, 2019 • 4 Comments

‘Simple’ really. Enjoy, folks. Peter

Three/Four Haiku 2

•March 5, 2019 • 3 Comments

[Three more nature haikus, with a fourth as a second version of the third haiku in only 9 instead of 17 syllables like the rest. Some say English haikus in 9-12 syllables are more like the classical Japanese in 17. Perhaps even more than other poetry, the space or Spacious Awareness, the pause, the breath is important. Maybe try reading slowly, each line on the outbreath, then pausing at the end of a line and being conscious of that silent, still Space without thought until the in-breath returns by itself and out of that still space you read the next line. Make an even longer pause before reading the first line of the next haiku. The image is again a Zen reed study of Form-Emptiness, simply done with my phone camera. This one is for Kyoko.]

Laden fall pear tree:
Bird alights just above
Leaning laden gun

Guarded against foxes,
A field hen, entranced, cocks head
To smartphone music

Graceful, easily
The old leaf falls into mouths
Of moist, hungry soil

Graceful, easily
The brown leaf

Three Haiku 1

•March 3, 2019 • 5 Comments

[Recent haiku. Only keeping to the classic 5-7-5 syllable form. ‘Haiku’ image studies of reeds at our dam, shot with Samsung J8 phone.]

Thunder rolling off:
Breathbody now electric
With lightning and life

Bleeding hand among thorns
Not disturbing spider’s web:
The last blackberry!

Mist rolling tree tops:
Bird staccato amplified,
Spacious stillness too

Global Climate Strike March 15: please join!

•February 16, 2019 • 2 Comments

[School kids all over the world, inspired by Swedish Greta Thunberg’s courageous single example (our new Rosa Parks?), have been striking and demonstrating since last November in many countries with calls for drastic climate action. This March 15 they have called for a first global, coordinated strike, and also asked adults to support them and participate. Given the possibility of looming climate chaos and even extinction, I’ve advocated a General Strike for Life for many years. Maybe we’re moving there. Time to down tools and devices, stop the worst, talk about social alternatives to an ecocidal, unjust and oligarchic global system. Please join the global-local movement on March 15. Please pass on the word to others. Texts taken from Germanos at Common Dreams (1) and a letter I got from the Australian organizers (2).]

1. The world may be edging toward “environmental breakdown”—but 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg sees signs for hope.
Pointing to global walkouts planned for March 15, Thunberg—whose “school strikes for climate” helped galvanized similar actions worldwide—said, “I think what we are seeing is the beginning of great changes and that is very hopeful.”

“I think enough people have realized just how absurd the situation is,” she told the Guardian. “We are in the middle of the biggest crisis in human history and basically nothing is being done to prevent it.”

In a sign of that realization, thousands of students from dozens of communities across the United Kingdom skipped class on Friday to join the ranks taking part in the weekly climate actions.

In fact, it’s “incredible” that the movement “has spread so far, so fast,” she told “Good Morning Britain.”
Explaining the start of her own interest in the issue, she told the hosts, “Once you fully understand the meaning of the climate crisis, you can’t un-understand it; then you have to do something about it.”

She acknowledged that such actions mean kids missing school time, but, she countered, “Why should we be studying for a future that soon may not exist anymore and when no one is doing anything to save that future?”

Because “this is like slightly breaking the law… then it will have a huge impact [because] people will see it and think that this is important,” she said.

On Twitter, Thunberg also refuted British Prime Minister Theresa May’s assertion that the children on school strikes are “wasting lesson time.”

“That may well be the case,” she wrote Friday. “But then again, political leaders have wasted 30 yrs of inaction. And that is slightly worse.”

[US]Stateside, some observers see hope for addressing the climate crisis in the recently introduced Green New Deal, and the U.S. actions set for next month are aimed at buoying that and other legislative tactics to reign in global warming.

In a call-to-action, the teen organizers behind the U.S. youth climate strikes write, “We are at a turning point in history. Our futures are at stake. We call for radical legislative action to combat climate change and its countless detrimental effects on the American people. We are striking for the Green New Deal, a fair and just transition to decarbonize the U.S. economy, and other legislative action that combats the effects of climate change.”

“We stand in solidarity with Greta Thunberg and all youth strikers worldwide as we demand action on this issue,” they wrote.

“We are running out of time, and we won’t be silent any longer,” they continue. “We, the youth of America, are striking because our present and future on this planet are at stake. And we are determined to do something about it.”

2. Dear Peter,

To everyone who cares about a safe climate future, this is your invite to join our School Strike 4 Climate – students standing up when our politicians won’t.

Sign-up for a March 15 #ClimateStrike near you today.*

Australia is in the thick of the climate crisis. Prolonged drought is crippling farming communities. Flash flooding is creating chaos in cities. Catastrophic bushfires and severe cyclones are threatening people’s homes. Heatwaves are sweeping the nation. Half of the Great Barrier Reef is dead.

At the same time, mining giant Adani is promising to start digging a new coal mine to open up one of the largest untapped coal reserves on Earth, vocally backed by our Federal politicians who are ignoring the majority of us who want them to #StopAdani and tackle dangerous climate change.

A Federal Election is around the corner but our politicians have lost touch with us – the people they are meant to represent!

As school students, we’re sick of being ignored. We’re sick of our futures being turned into political footballs. We feel sick when we see and hear about the climate impacts that are already devastating people and communities here and overseas.

So, on March 15, we’re walking out of school to tell our politicians to take all of us seriously and treat climate change for what it is: the biggest threat to our generation and generations to come.

Tens of thousands of students across Australia and around the world will join us. Will you be there to stand with us shoulder to shoulder?

Everyone is invited. If you’re an adult, we hope you’ll take the day off in solidarity with us to help make 2019 a turning point in Australian climate politics.

There has never been a more urgent time to take to the streets to show our politicians that we won’t stop until they do what it takes to stop climate change.

See you to strike for a safe climate on March 15!

With hope,
School Strikers for Climate Action

PS – Please invite friends to join you on March 15 by forwarding this email!
PPS – Don’t see a strike in your community and want to help organise one? Check out our resources page.