Posted in Before the Rain


It was. And wasn’t.
The director and senior scientist consulted,
sought our input
then did what they thought best.

Benign paternalistic dictatorship
staff need not be concerned –
could not quite be trusted to make the right decision.
Especially with matters of the purse.

Parents and children and no needing to know.
Except this time –
unspent money –
the end of the financial year –
repossession by head office if not used
and the repercussions for next year….. unthinkable.

10 days and counting down
$7,000 …
must be used – please help – anybody
ideas – anything.

All vehicles are farm type
utility, pick up, Land Rover …..
suggestion : purchase a car,
a sedan for comfortable travel.



Most of my life has been spent on the bench, occasionally called into the game by extravagance or attenuation. Waiting has turned a loner into a recorder - nondescript and inconsequential, more not noticed than overlooked - the non-vantage point of children not yet considered old enough to understand. Orphaned Islands (Un)poetry is a lifetime of picking anecdotes up and not throwing them away. Stories collected like odds and ends placed in a box in the basement, the garage, the garden shed - uncertain as to what their use might be but knowing that one day there might be one.