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Today’s Journey

encountering an assortment

of beauty –

a woman on the train

with a sky blue bag,

triangular shaped

with images of birds

and flowers in tie-dye patterns –

admirable aesthetics.

At the bus station

a Chinese woman walks by

wearing a fleecy cardigan

looking like a Chinese painting

with mountains and trees

in greens and yellows,

captivating scenery.

And a bus driver

has a frangipani flower

in her hair matching

her good cheer.

Glimpses of beauty

celebrating the day

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Nature’s Images


5 pm

sunlight on the small

spiderweb –

a constellation of stars


bursting towards Spring

the ripening

yellow rose


7 pm

full moon in the East –

yellow glow

a calming balm


walking in the pelting rain –

pausing to watch

a rainbow


7 pm

spiralling Scorpio

in the sky’s centre –

merges with Mars

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Art of the Skins

I saw an exhibition at the State Library of Queensland titled: “Art of the Skins”.  Two indigenous artists collaborated with South East Queensland Indigenous Communities in the creation of possum skin cloaks.

Possum skin cloak making is a cultural practice in Queensland that stopped over 100 years ago.  The possum skins used for this exhibition were ethically obtained from New Zealand as they are an introduced species there.  In Australia today possum species are protected.

As it said at the exhibition: “making a cloak is a physical, spiritual and emotional Journey that requires patience, dedication and the support of your Ancestors, Elders and family”.

The possum skin cloaks at the exhibition had complex, intricate and fine imagery.  The fur was on one side and the patterned imagery on the inner white side.  The imagery was made by burning an outline on the white skin and then painting in-between the lines or rubbing on ochre.  The decorations were in browns, fawn, cream, pink, black, grey and yellow with geometrical shapes, spirals, animals such as the kangaroo and frogs, seas, rivers, mud and sand.

The art work told stories of belonging, shared connection to place, identity and strengthening local Aboriginal communities with exploring cultural practices.


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