Reflections

photo of a can of pale ale from the time of the First World War, with the words, "God 'elp all of us" inscribed in it

Gulping down a beer,
mundane summer afternoon—
god help our soldiers.

Survivor

Close up photo of a tree stump from below.

Flagpole stands its ground
even after the battle dies
stump survives winter

Game of numbers

National War Memorial, Canberra

Bloody-red poppies,
power; it’s painful remains—
statistical loss.

And they fall

Spring in Canberra

As war mother’s tears
shedding, scattering plenty,
yet prettier, spring.