‘Paddock’ – it was so wonderful to let this word take us to our memories, thoughts and expressions.
On the surface, you may feel you may know the direction this word would lead to, however it was once again incredible what it lead to.
How wonderful to have time each week, to gently arrive at something either pressing, that needs expressing, or memorable to revisit.
Where does the word ‘paddock’ take you?
Feel free to join in with this unique poetic expression approach we journey through each week. It’s more than the word, it’s where it leads us, it’s what arrives, it’s a gateway to what lies within, a time to share and feel free.
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The next word is ‘thunder’.
Hope to see you there.
Paddock of Calm
Still dark, dad starts up the truck Our three dogs in the back The shearer’s waiting, eager to start Off he goes to the shed down the track
Returning home, it’s smoko time Dad looks at me, “Want to come down?” I run to him in an instant, As we smile and head off
The shearer’s grin as I walk in They seem pleased to see me “What can I do dad?” “Grab the broom and sweep that mess” Away from harms way, off I go Swelling with importance
As the sheep are done one by one All snowy white and anxious With darting eyes they are relieved As the dogs guide them back to their paddock
All sweaty and spent The shearer’s make their departure A cool ale they will enjoy after A time to rest for the morrow As another searing heat will follow
Leaning on the gate, looking over the paddock Dad dusts his hat – this is his calming place, Then with a grin he looks down at me “Come on kiddo, it’s time for tea.” CCon 14th August 23
I don’t want to stay in this paddock, sorry mum
Dear mum, I know all you want to see is me live a healthy and happy life.
That’s why you think me staying in this safe and secure paddock would be great. Why?
Because if I stayed in our hometown, you can look after me, and even my future child?
Because if I could be a teacher, I would then always have a high-in-demand and not too-tiring job?
Because if I could practise tai chi and yoga postures, my body would be so happy?
But do you think those are what I like?
Yes, they are so safe and secure, but do you think they are too boring for me? Without going out to see a bigger world, trying and exploring, and making all sorts of mistakes,
how do I know myself better? How do I see and feel this big world? and how do I grow?
I don’t want to live a static life, otherwise, how can I tell you all sorts of interesting stories? Remember, you always said you like my stories.
So, please, please set me free and support what I do. I encourage you to do it too. I know you always say there are so many family responsibilities, you are stuck. But you are not the only child in the family. Can you just forget about them for a little while, and get out of your comfy paddock? Maybe the grass will taste much better outside.
XQZ 14th August 23
We share the paddock
Voting ‘Yes’ has come around
Connection to land
Cows in the paddock?
Sunday afternoon Bucket in hand Small knife Ready for our plight Gathering as many as possible That are in sight
Out of the city To the country we head Winding roads Past tractors and sheds
Past open fields Hoping for a yield White spots the sign So often we did not find
I’d call out ‘I’m sure this one’s a go’ Dad would park, I’d run out of the car And trudge up the hill Rather slow
So often it was a false alarm Locked gates blocking the way Cosy homesteads with much charm Had something else to say
I remember the time when it was a yes! A patch I would find Underneath a beautiful gum So many mushrooms Of different kinds
My spotting that day I must confess Was far beyond my expectation, no less I felt so blessed I could not rest
Til my bucket was full With a scent so intense
To this day I must say It conjures up childhood memories galore I’d really like to delve into more