Short and Twisted 2010 (Celepene Press)

Short and Twisted 2010 (Celepene Press)

Out now!

Short and Twisted 2010, an Australian collection of short stories and poems with a twist, is now available from Celepene Press and will be launched later in the month.

The book contains my poem ‘The Fortune Teller’, a poem about motor bikes and my brother. I posted here originally. Thanks for all your lovely comments.

The Fortune Teller

My brother went to see a fortune teller
who said he would die at the age of twenty-one.
That sharp thorn of thought stuck in my mind.

One day he was riding
a freeway on his motorbike
and the road rearranged his brain.

They patched him up at the hospital
and he walked out with no scars
visible to passers-by.

When he turned twenty-two
I laughed out loud with relief
and hid that thorn in my tin of memorabilia.

One day I took the thorn out of my tin
and showed my mother, laughing as I reminded her of the story
with a frown she said
but he did die, didn’t he.

19 thoughts on “Short and Twisted 2010 (Celepene Press)

  1. Yes, we suffer a lot of ‘little deaths’ that don’t quite kill us and some we may wish had done the job properly! One can only hope your brother is a long way down the road to recovery and Mum finds plenty left in your brother to be thankful for.

    1. Thanks Stafford. Unfortunately he gets worse every year and is a constant strain on my elderly mother (but she is as stoic as they get and can handle him better than I can).

  2. This is probably my favourite poem of yours. You deserve to be included in the collection and to receive all the accolades going. *waving the pom poms* Go, Gabrielle. Go, Gabrielle!

  3. I am sorry for your brother and your family.
    I have watched others struggle through this type of “death”.

  4. I loved this poem when you first shared it… loved in the way of recognizing beauty, the beauty of your words… but it also punched me in the gut. I agree with Selma… this is my favorite poem of yours that I have read. I’m glad that it was published… it deserves to be seen.

  5. powerful! that’s how i describe your poem. it speaks louder on the edges. you showed them by bits and pieces of anecdotes. a superb ending. a gem of its own.

  6. The line “the road rearranged his brain” blew me away. The impact of the word “rearranged,” as used here, is incredible, something I have not come across before. Kudos to your writing, especially on a subject so close to home. So real. And instantly saddening. I hope for better times for your brother, your mother, and you.

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