Deceptive

Tiny though a cat—
shocks the unwitting stroker,
as does mustard seed.

Be a rebel

Guidelines though they be,
signs, like rules, regulations
are more fun when bent.

Ageless

Tree in winter, Canberra

Despite severed roots,
budding anew like friendship,
from scratch comes nature.

Solid

Stallholders at the National Multicultural Festival in Canberra, 2020
Stallholders at the National Multicultural Festival in Canberra, 2020

A true comforter,
with warm embracing shoulder,
the oak is a friend.

It comes to us all

Winter sunset in Canberra
Winter sunset, Canberra

Shedding vanity,
marking the passing of time—
winter skeletons.