A delicate balance,

A delicate balance,


A delicate balance,

spinning in deep space

but hanging on with a weak grasp,

grounded by gravity

but rooted in a skeletal soil,

breathing in the thin

swathe of gases embracing this earth.


A fragile kiss of life

on the eucalyptus lips,

lips which will then part

and exhale for us all

who breathe today

but maybe not tomorrow.



Note: Photo by Gabrielle Bryden

Waiting for the aliens

Waiting for the aliens

alpacas by MB (800x530)
Photo by Michael Bryden

Waiting for the Aliens

A volcano burped lava in

media commentators hoped the
ash plume would cool the earth,

and block her tear ducts,
some planes were stopped for a while,

a blip on their radar,
carbon emissions dipped an incy bit

it was perceived as a major hiccup for passengers,
the effect was stunning

in its mediocrity,
we await the arrival of aliens

to undertake the hard work,
what a joke!


note: this is an edited repost but more relevant than ever, given the new Government doesn’t give a toss for the environment and will try to axe the carbon tax and introduce a ridiculous direct action program that makes no sense if you look at the detail (and it makes no sense because Abbottabad has no intention of implementing it and is already talking about reducing the target for emissions downwards – he is just a skeptic in disguise). They also want to cut back on so called ‘green tape’ and roll back hard won environmental protections for the sake of ‘progress’.

Just remember phony Tony, you can’t breathe money or eat coal seam gas, so chew on that for a while!




sounds like fun

splashing in the bird bath

water tinkling


If you want to know more about haiku and related forms I highly recommend you pop over to Australian poet Ashley Cape’s blog where he has done a terrific short series of ‘lectures’ on the subject which I found very inspiring.

Ashley covers:


Form and Structure (syllables, kireji and kigo, related forms)

Compositional Techniques (1 & 2)

I found them so inspiring that on the night of reading his posts I had a very vivid dream where I wrote a haiku using the sense switching technique (compositional technique no. 2) and I was worried that I would forget the haiku so I wrote it down (in my dream). On waking I had (typical 😉 ) forgotten the haiku.

I had another dream a few days later where I wrote down 3 haiku and yes, I forgot those as well.

I do have a technique where I can re-enter my dreams if I wish (you can too if you want to) but I would rather let my subconscious do it’s own thing and not interfere too much – it all works out in the end.

tallyhoo 🙂

Run for the hills: the Gabe files

Run for the hills: the Gabe files

Run for the hills: the Gabe files

In 1999 I had a very vivid dream. In the dream I am standing at the base of a high-rise building. It’s the Brisbane Stock Exchange. Suddenly a large jet airliner crashes into the building. The plane emerges out of the other side and the building collapses. The devastation is immense and all that is left is a large hole in the ground. I am safe but everything around me is destroyed.

The dream had such an impact on me that I began to fear travelling in airplanes. Every time a plane went overhead my heart would beat a little faster. I got married later in 1999 and my husband and I flew to Far North Queensland for our honeymoon. I remember telling him on the plane about my dream and how I was a bit scared. We both laughed at how silly it sounded.

The day of the terrorist attacks in New York, September 11 2001, I saw a version of my dream played out on every television channel. I couldn’t believe what was happening. My psychiatrist told me that all dreams represent something that has occurred in the previous 48 hours. Maybe, maybe not!

I have another dream which bothers me. It’s a recurring dream that is also very vivid and I think about it often. It takes a number of forms but basically I am living near the coast or in a city with a river running through it (yes, that would be Brisbane). Suddenly there is a tsunami and the sea rises up and destroys the town. Everyone is madly running as fast as they can go, trying to outrun the waves, trying to get to higher territory. The waves do not retreat and the place is completely swamped. I make it safely to higher ground, along with a small group of family, friends and some strangers. We travel as far away from the town as we can get, still fearful of the rising waters. We travel into the hills, to the most beautiful place in the world and we are safe. We decide to make that place our new home. Most people have not survived and we are very grateful that we did.

I had my first tsunami dream the day before the Banda Aceh tsunami of December 26 2004. It was probably just a result of over-indulging on bubbly on Christmas day but maybe not.

I live in a small seaside village on the shores of Hervey Bay in Queensland. It’s a low lying place and 7,000 years ago the seas reached about 1km inland. You can still see the ‘second ridge’ – the elevation of the original beach, now covered in vegetation.

Earlier this year a cyclone hovered about 100km away from our seaside town and we could feel the winds from the edge of the low pressure system. The wind created large waves which pounded on the shore and one day the waves started to break through the ‘first ridge’, something which the locals had never seen happen. After about 10 days the cyclone eventually moved further out to sea.

One day I think we may have to ‘run for the hills’.


This is a repost from 2009.

Well, I do have a sick chicken to take care of 😉

Carbon tax passes into law

Carbon tax passes into law

Photo by Andrew Bryden

Well hallelujah 🙂

The controversial price on carbon is set to become law now that the lower house of parliament has passed a set of bills outlining the scheme. The bills will have to pass Senate later in the year, but this won’t be a problem because of support from the Greens.

The scheme will require the top 500 polluters to pay a price on the carbon (per tonne) they are emitting.

‘To compensate households, the government is cutting income taxes and boosting payments such as pensions and other benefits, as well as offering various lump sum payments.

The average household is expected to pay about $9.90 a week in extra living costs, including $3.30 on electricity. However this will be offset by an estimated $10.10 in extra benefits and tax breaks. The Australian scheme will cover about 60 per cent of Australia’s emissions, making it the most broad-based in the world.’ (Sydney Morning Herald, 12/10/11)

This is an historic day for Australia. This issue has been discussed endlessly for the past 2 decades and with no action. Today we are moving toward action.

The climate change denialists are a well funded and influential group of idiots that have significantly dumbed down debate on this critical issue. History will not be kind to them.

Australia is one of the luckiest (if not THE luckiest) and wealthiest countries in the world. If a country such as ours takes no action on climate change than our planet is in real trouble.

Say YES to a price on Carbon.

Despite what the negative Opposition say, we can take action on climate change and it will make a difference. The introduction of a price on carbon is just the beginning of the story of the world moving toward a clean energy future.