APAD 15 prompt: a deadline poem
"Deadline" is a deadly phrase
inviting fear instead of praise.
Why not a "liveline"
or "Date By When"?
And as I say that, I think again.
I pause for thought, as I often do
which is why my work is overdue.
as habit dictates
until I'm in the overload stew.
Then plans and schedules give me peace
While occasions for play
are a true release.
And there is nothing else to do
but take my time
exactly when it's due!
A Lifetime of being in and out of love for Melbourne
Chapter 3: 1979 - 82
Directionless whether in South Yarra,
Box Hill North or North Fitzroy,
it's a time for star gazing, learning
the language of refugee landings: I am
an island of empathy, someone
who now can't see why others say
"They all look the same". I react to
foreign impulses, all too familiar, and
become a mother, move to Dromana.