The Book-lover!

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Sitting under a tree
Engrossed in a book
The world passes by
No need to look

Within your world
You are at peace
Happy as can be
It’s your release

Alone with a book
Is such sweet pleasure
As you uncover all
Its Earthly treasure

Sometimes fiction
Sometimes reference
You need to choose
It’s your very own preference

With each page
Your mind is fed
Your life enhanced
And your Heart is led

Turning each page
Leads you to uncover
The very thing
That makes you a book-lover!

 

Written by David Johnson
26 February 2015

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The Unread Book

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I came across a book today
Bought in ’71 on holiday
At 8 years old
It seemed like Gold

Though it remains unread until this day…

Purchased in Northern NSW
It must have been on sale
A Paperback for $1.75
Imagination set to thrive!

Still, it remains unread until this day…

The author is Bill Harney
It’s about Australia’s Country
Excerpts from his life
The fun and also the strife

Though it remains unread until this day…

The title is relaxing
Certainly not too taxing
A lot of fun, it is
‘Content To Lie In The Sun’

Still, it remains unread until this day…

Throughout my life I waited
For that time anticipated
When that feeling would come
In the form of some wisdom

Though it remains unread until this day…

Today I’ve got that feeling
My Heart has started to sing
Without any hesitation
And much anticipation

I started reading this book today!

Written by David Johnson
14 February 2015

© Observations & Other Writings/David Johnson 2015

Sprinkles Of Light

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Sprinkles of light
Fade into the distance

The warmth of the day
Giving up it’s resistance

The birds are chirping
In their own unique ways

Taking it in turns
Telling us about their day

A gentle breeze
Serenades us all

Tis the end of the day
As night begins to fall

The temperature decreases
Calmness returns

Our Spirits are settled
The day is ajourned

 

Written by David Johnson
8 February 2015

© Observations & Other Writings/David Johnson 2015

The Campfire

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It seems a long time ago
Too long a time in fact

That I sat around a campfire
To listen and chew the fat

Staring into the ghostly flame
Hearing the crackling wood

I know I would do this
More often if I could

Shrouded by the night
The campfire sings it’s song

Flames dance all about
Amongst the Earthly throng

Long into the night
Stories ring long and ring true

Spirits are restored
Nature’s light shines on through

Written by David Johnson
6 February 2015

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Deep Within Our Mind…

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Deep within our mind
Thoughts drift about
Developing into ideas
Screaming to get out

Triggered by circumstance
Nurtured by time
Aged in our mind
Just like a fine wine

Life changing thoughts
Emerge from within
Changes for the better
A new life begins!

Written by David Johnson
6 February 2015

© Observations & Other Writings/David Johnson 2015

Remnants Of Life

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Riding along the highway
Desert clouds loom

Out from the horizon
Hear the thunder boom!

Rain, it falls
Like sheets of glass

Tearing across
Long dried out grass

Ghostly calls are heard
Long borne in strife

Clamouring for attention
Mere remnants of life

Rising from the Earth
Those next in line

Continue their journey
An infinite paradigm…

 

Written by David Johnson
30 January 2015

 

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Into The Distance

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Into the distance
Our mind forecasts

Better things
Than in times past

Working hard
Change the tune

Thinking smart
Toward that fortune

Restless Spirit
Needs reassuring

Imagination
Quite alluring

Focus required
Plans in place

Steady as she goes
Still in the race!

 

Written by David Johnson
30 January 2015

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When Your Spirit Needs Lifting

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In times of sadness
When your Spirit needs lifting

And you can feel your Heart
Is alone and drifting

Think of those times
Your Family does cherish

Your mood will be lifted
No time to perish

The precious memories
Your mind does hold

Will live on and on
Forever retold

Written by David Johnson
30 January 2015

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Pink Floyd Late At Night…

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Pink Floyd late at night
Retrospective thoughts

Sometimes subtle
Sometimes haunts

Deep within
Peacefulness grows

Listening intently
Feeling overflows

Contemplating notions
Contemplating time

Heart and Mind
Imagining a lifetime

Pink Floyd late at night
Retrospective thoughts

Sometimes subtle
Sometimes haunts…

Written by David Johnson
23 January 2014

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Feelings They Flow

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Feelings they flow
Upon a gentle breeze

Greeting each new person
With the greatest of ease

They rest upon our minds
And cause us to think

What we mean to each other
They are the missing link

Joining us together
Making us strong

Lifting the barriers
We just want to belong

Those feelings enlighten us
Giving us lasting joy

A lifelong endless glow
To eternity they flow…

Written by David Johnson
21 January 2015

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“Remembering Dad”

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When loss is here
It is so hard
Fighting through tears
Life plays another card

Thinking back
Of times well shared
Life was given
We all cared

Special moments
Come to mind
Family joys
One of a kind…

A life-long partner
Of sixty-three years
Mum shared your life
Your joys and your fears

Children, spouses and grandchildren
Arrived in this world
We remember you now
As life unfurls

You loved the horses, your Rose garden
Playing cards, a social drink
A BBQ, a discussion
And time to think

Dragons and Bulldogs
Were your teams
A staunch supporter
They were a dream

A bet on the horses
A beer with your mates
Supporting your League teams
Made you feel great!

We remember that laugh
The commanding voice you had
That sense of humour
Thanks for being our Dad

Now it’s time for you to go
And for us to say goodbye
Farewell Dad, Love you
We will remember you all of our lives.

 

Written by David Johnson
17 January 2015

 

Dad was born on 3/7/1929 and passed away on 16/1/2015.

Our Family honoured Dad’s wish of a low-key, private funeral.

On behalf of our Family I wrote the above poem which was
read out by the Celebrant at his funeral on 22/1/2015.

Rest In Peace, Dad.

Peaceful Notes

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Peaceful notes
Ring out
Birds in the trees
Sing out

A joyful song
It is
Relaxing us
Deep within

Time for us
To recharge our minds
And recount gently
Spirit redefined

Replace within
Our minds so clear
Positive thoughts
We begin to hear

Moving forward
From this moment
The way is clear
Seek enjoyment

Written by David Johnson
16 January 2015

© Observations & Other Writings/David Johnson 2015

The Next Book…

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Have you ever thought about why we choose the very next book to read?

Is it because of an interest in that subject or are we drawn to a particular book for a particular reason, or both?

Currently I am reading the following books:

  • “E-Squared” by Pamela Grout
  • “Quicker Than The Eye” – A collection of short stories by my favourite fiction author, Ray Bradbury
  • “Coaching The Artist Within” by Eric Maisel

Generally I will have at least two books ‘on the go.’ One is normally fiction and the other a self-development book of some sort.

On the weekends I often find myself up early & either before or after a walk, I grab a Tea (mostly), sometimes a Coffee and I sit out in our Sunroom and look at the bookshelves. If inclined I wander over and I scan the shelves.

Often it will be an Art or Photography book that I select. I will flip through it and then if it is ‘speaking to me’ I will sit down and allow it to ‘carry on the conversation’ with me.

Today two books caught my eye:

  • “I Dare You” by Dr Joyce Meyer. I bought this book several years ago but I have never read it.
  • “Philosophy Of The Arts: An Introduction To Aesthetics” – Gordon Graham. I purchased this second-hand a couple of months ago. Given the subject matter it is not a ‘quick-read.’

In flipping through “I Dare You” there were a couple of segments that “spoke to me” and have suggested to me that I need a change of attitude in some areas of my life.

“Philosophy Of The Arts” covers the pleasure, emotion, understanding and meaning plus covers topics such as music, painting, photography, film, poetry, writing and architecture, all of which fascinate me and I find that Art is becoming a bigger part of my life as time marches on.

I have no doubt these books will be getting my full attention quite soon!

Written by David Johnson
11 January 2015

Interests, Escapes & Loves!

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From the early 1980’s, Photography was my main interest. This stayed the same for many years. I love to read and also have an interest in Cacti & Succulents and Rugby League though the latter has diminished over time…

2008, enter Toastmasters. This became a huge part of my life virtually from the word go, giving me new experiences, improving my confidence and positively affecting my life in at least a half a dozen ways. Nominating for Executive roles certainly increased the time quotient and the education. I’m not on any executive roles now but am still a member and I enjoy constructing and delivering speeches.

2010, enter Drawing and Painting. I took a basic drawing course in 2010 and have always enjoyed viewing paintings and other Art. These I was going to attempt when retired. After dabbling in a few different mediums, I have to say that the Oils, Acrylic and Inktense mediums are my favourites though there is still a lot to learn about each of them.

2012, the first murmurings of my photography business came to the fore. Photography had always been my ‘escape’ from the real world, now it is a business (even though I still have personal fun projects on the side).

2013, enter Writing. My ‘Light Inspired’ blog and the blog you are on now are my first forays into this area. I started this blog as a bit of fun to communicate my thoughts on various things. One day in August that year I started to write a poem and thought it might fun to include in the blog. Now the blog has more poems than articles!

I had always enjoyed reading Poetry though had only ever put pen to paper and scribbled a few verses whilst on holidays (and probably threw them away…).

2014 saw me come up with three plots for short stories and I realise I have more than a passing interest in Social Media.

For many years I have said Photography was my main love, though as it turns out, what I really love is Communication.

Written by David Johnson
7 January 2015

The Colour Green

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In shades of dark
and of light
It covers the Earth

A sign
Of peacefullness
Rather than of mirth

Grasses, trees,
The colour Green
A painter’s dream…

It reaches to
The sandy shores
So serene…

Our lives enhanced
From life’s palette
It is all around

The colour Green
Relaxing your mind
Without a single sound!

Written by David Johnson
2 January 2015

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Another Year Passes…

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Another year has passed…
Oh so glad

What a year we’ve
Most certainly had

One of challenge
And of laughter

Tonight is the end
Of the latest chapter

Spending it with
My one true love

Purer than
The Whitest Dove

At Midnight we will raise
Our glasses and cheer!

And wish you all
A Happy New Year!!!

Written by David Johnson
New Year’s Eve 2014

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The Stars They Shine…

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The Stars they shine
both day and night

By day they are hidden
By thy light

At night a glistening
Show ensues

Light that shimmers
Soul reviewed

Humbled among
The Universe so grand

The Human Race
Is but a small band

Caring for our World
Remembering our place

Will ensure the future
Of our race

Written by David Johnson
30 December 2014

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Summer Feelings

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They arise without warning
Raking across the land
The hot winds of Summer
Mother Nature waves her hand

You can feel it in the air
And see it in the trees
Warming the Earth
Travelling with ease

From the beach to the mountains
A joyous chorus rings
The song of Cicadas
Mother Nature sings

A symphony to all
A wondrous message sent
To the people of Earth
A wholly natural event

Written by David Johnson
26 December 2014

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Christmas Gathering

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Families gather
From far and wide
Celebrating Christmas
All gratified

Sharing their stories
Of times that have passed
Memories unfolding
Ones that will last

Children out playing
Those toys Santa gave
Running and laughing
The good times they crave

Christmas is a special time
For those that are near
Time spent together
Will fill us with cheer

As time marches on
These times that nourish
Love ever so strong
Always there to cherish

Written by David Johnson
24 December 2014

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Cry Out, Cry Out!

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Cry out, cry out
Sing to me
Show me your resolve
Show me your fight

Stand so strong
For what you believe
Band together
Be that great light

March on, march on
Tread in unison
United as one
Unite to be free

Victory is yours
Step into the Dawn
Work for the dream
Choose to believe!

 

Written by David Johnson
21 December 2014

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Fragility

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The fragile sounds
of human nature ring
As we go about our days

In daily tasks
We yearn for more
As we go about our ways

Setting goals
Dreaming dreams
Navigating life’s freeways

Along our course
Spare a thought
For those going through a phase

Be a friend
Listen to them
And help them through the maze

Life is precious
Treat it with respect
And we all will climb life’s stairway

Written by David Johnson
17/18 December 2014

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Third Eye

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In our lives
In our play
Issues sometimes
Get in our way

We cannot see
What to do
We are too close
Mind subdued

At any time
We can choose
To turn it on
To set it loose

The third eye comes
As you imagine
Free your mind
Unleash your passion

 

Written by David Johnson
14 December 2014

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The Mantlepiece Of Time

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I remember that clock
That looked so fine

Ageing through the years
Just like a fine wine

It sat majestic
Upon the mantlepiece

Watching over all
A great centrepiece…

Many a gathering
Of family and friends

Celebrated here
Love transcends

The years go past
Memories hold true

Of those times gone by
For me, and for you

 

Written by David Johnson
13 December 2014

 

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Eleven In Number

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They hang like spheres
In the darkness of the night

Wistfully moving
In the pale moonlight

Looking at them
With a passing glance

Heightens that feeling
Of a lovely romance

Eleven in number
All in a row

These lights they cast
the faintest of shadows…

 

Written by David Johnson
6 December 2014

 

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If I Was The Light

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If I was the Light
It surely would be

A way to discover
The way to be free

Scattered over the land
Shining for all

Lighting up the day
Before night begins to fall

Resting till dawn
Recharged and ready

To light up the day
And enlighten so many

Particles of light
All over the world

Shadows receding
Darkness unfurled

If I were the Light
It surely would be

A way to discover
The way to be free..

 

Written by David Johnson
22 November 2014

 

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Distant Eyes

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Distant eyes
Holding a love so true

Looking into yours
They once knew

Those eyes that hold
A history of love

Pure as Gold
White as a Dove

Those eyes that long
To open the door

How much they’d love
To see you once more…

 

Written by David Johnson
21 November 2014

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Etched In The Concrete Path Of Time…

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Etched in the concrete path of time
Our past lives are bound
From within we ask the questions
And the answers will be found

Memories come and memories go
Of times past, of times long since gone
Enjoyable times, times of regrets
Into the ether, our past lives are drawn

Here in the present our lives exist
Do what we can, do what we must
Live for the moment, reach for the sky
Believe in ourselves, it’s a matter of trust

Into the future our thoughts do venture
What will we do, what will we be
The future in our hands, our thoughts will guide
Be what we are, be what we can with glee!

 

Written by David Johnson
21 November 2014

Soothe…

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Like a breath of fresh air
The music soothes

Enchanting the mind
Relaxing the mood

Drifting away
To another world

Thoughts dissipate
Becoming unfurled

Sleep catches on
Your Spirit rests

Time to dream
And manifest…

 

Written by David Johnson
16 November 2014

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Awakened

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Awakened…
Beam of light
Feeling inspired
Sun so bright

Energy flows
Pulsating through
Strength grows
You breakthrough

Thoughts abound
Ideas come
That problem you had
Solved with wisdom…

Written by David Johnson
15 November 2014

Delicate Colours

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Delicate colours
Hang in the sky

Watching the Earth
As it passes by

Particles dance
Light filters through

Altering it’s form
Changing it’s hue

From day to night
Time moves along

Serenading the Earth
Light into song

The old day is done
Shadows they fall

Night rolls in
Morning begins to call

Light from the horizon
Bursts forth so strong

Delicate colours
Breaking into song…

Written by David Johnson
11 November 2014

Waves

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Lapping waves
A relaxing beat

Overlaying patterns
Sand so neat

Microscopic life
Comes and goes

To and fro
In its throes

Refreshingly clean
Caressing our mind

Our Spirit at rest
Relaxation defined

 

Written by David Johnson
9 November 2014

Silence

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“Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together.”   
- Thomas Carlyle

We all seem to live such busy lives. Home, family, friends, work, study, business, interests, clubs all take up our time and hopefully are contributing in a positive fashion to our lives. In all this frantic engagement however, we need to consciously take time out to think about our lives and what we are doing, or simply just relax our mental state.

My quiet time takes on different forms, such as:

  • Using my imagination to drift off into other places/other times
  • a cup of Tea on a Saturday or Sunday morning in a relaxing place
  • letting myself be absorbed in the moment as I Oil paint
  • finding a quiet spot throughout the day even for as little as 5 minutes to clear the head
  • going for a walk
  • sitting quietly
Without that quiet-time things would certainly be a lot tougher and I know a lot of people who are far busier than I as they have children to take care of as well, plus they are doing committee roles.

What I need to do better is to do it on a more regular basis as sometimes I get so busy I forget to do what I just mentioned… That is what came to my mind in my ‘quiet-time’ this morning and I have now set up reminders so I do take the time for ‘silence’ on a more regular basis.

As Lao Tzu said, “Silence is a source of great strength.”

Let silence strengthen your life!

 

Written by David Johnson
9 November 2014

Under The Shade Of A Tree

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Thoughts come to me
Under the shade of a tree

I sit and wonder
As thoughts rain asunder

For a poem or a story
The Universe in all it’s glory…

Speaks to me
Beneath the shade of a tree

As I sit and observe
For this Universe I serve

An idea will flow
And set my mind aglow

Giving life to me
Under the shade of a tree

 

Written by David Johnson
1 November 2014

Atmospheric Symphony

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Atmospheric symphony
Restores the Spirit

Happens by chance
No need to will it

Let the energy flow
Into your Heart

Nature you see
Wants to impart

Peace and tranquility
Into your Mind

To help you treat others
With pleasures so kind

Just sit and listen
Let it inside

Let it renew you
Eyes open-wide

Written by David Johnson
25 October 2014

Pursuit Of A Dream

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Pursuit of a dream
The eye it does gleam

Enriched with a goal
Life is never drole

The journey takes you
Need that breakthrough

Learning each day
Finding another way

Sticking around
You are dream-bound

Not listening to the knockers
They are off their rockers

Your Heart & Mind glow
Get into the flow

Succeed yes you will
Keep going until…

 

 

Written by David Johnson
25 October 2014

They Ring In The Air

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They ring in the air
With the passing breeze

Stories are told
With consumate ease

Casting the mind back
To days before

Memories fast
Come to the fore

They gently persuade
And settle your mood

Bringing you back
To the present

Leaving your mind
Effervescent!

Written by David Johnson
11 October 2014

Light, Glorious Light!

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Light, glorious light
Streams from above

Wrapping itself around us
Fitting us like a glove…

Lifting our Spirits
Brightening our day

Renewing our Souls
In every way…

Light gives us shadow
To give us contrast

From within the darkness
Gladness unsurpassed

Shadow that cools
In oppressive heat

On a hot day
They are hard to beat

Light and shadow
Glad for your presence

Lighting up our lives
An enduring essence!

 

Written by David Johnson
8 October 2014

Streams Of Life

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It was as if it was only yesterday
The streams of life ran smooth

The paths that have been travelled
Have left many dreams unfurled

Daily search for answers
Keeps the mind alert

Sometimes on this journey
You can tend to overwork

Then the seeds of gratefulness
Do surely reappear

The mind turns and says good sir
What have you to fear?

Keep moving along the path you tread
The key is to keep aware

Opportunities will come and go
They will come from everywhere

Imagination can be used so well
With it you’ll defeat that worry

Keep the peace you must do
Why are you in such a hurry?

Patience is a virtue so true
Hold on through that strife

To those dreams that keep us going
That give us such a great life!

 

Written by David Johnson
8 October 2014

Through The Mists Of Time…

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Through the mists of time
A window to the past

Mining days are gone
They were never going to last

The Scots they came
To mine the Shale

In their tracks
A ghostly pale

A town once thriving
Sits here idle

Echoes of life
Once so vital

Now the light filters in
Remnants are here

The people are gone
No-one left to cheer

Solid memories remain
A few visitors can view

Solitude replaces
And the land renews…

             Written by David Johnson

                  27 September 2014

* The inspiration for this poem and the image came from a visit yesterday to the Historic town, refinery and Shale mines of Joadja Creek. For more information please click on the following link. Thank you to Valero, Elisa & Jimmy for being wonderful hosts!

http://www.joadjatown.com.au

Photography by David Johnson, Light Inspired

Rough Ride!

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With steely face
They enter the race

Determination shows…

Mounting the charge
The bull so large

Ready for any blows…

Gates burst open
Crowd so vocal

Danger omnipresent…

Eight seconds needed
Strength almost exceeded

Cowboy ascendant…

Pressure is mounting
Time is counting

Victory is here…

Completing the ride
Fists raised with pride

Give him a big cheer!

 

Written by David Johnson
12 -16 September 2014

The Stockmen

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It’s been an awesome day
The Stockmen they do say
As they rope in the last
Of the herd

They’ve been up since Dawn
Some look forlorn
As they settle back
To be heard

Stories get told
They’re ever so bold
As the campfire glows
Into the night

Sleep catches on
As the night wears on
Morning will come
With first light

And the Stockmen will rise
For they will reprise
The role for which
They were born

To drive their cattle
Via valleys unshackled
To their destination
The following morn..

 

Written by David Johnson
10 – 16 September 2014

Voyage…

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Clouds sing their song
As the water descends

Falling so quietly
Landing not the end

Grasping onto form
Settling onto ground

It stops and thinks
And starts to look around

It struggles at first
Then picks up speed

Joining the crowd
Feeling much relieved

Down a slope
It starts to meander

Enjoying all
The lively banter

Onward it travels
Sensing it is near

That raging river
The way is so clear

Stretching out
Going for broke

It joins the river
And meets it’s kinfolk!

 

Written by David Johnson
30 August 2014

Tapestry Of Life

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Spark in the eye
Begins it

We all see it
But don’t all feel it

That magic moment
It comes

A new life
Breathes…

The Tapestry
Of Life continues

For some
Not possible

For most
Enjoyable

All share
In the joy

Quest of life
We live it

Passing of time
We see it…

Old age
Brings wisdom…

Watching
new beginnings

Fading from view
We diminish…

Spark in the eye
Begins it

That magic moment
It comes

A new life
Breathes…

 

Written by David Johnson
30 August 2014

We…

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Words on a page
Spoken by a sage
We listen…

Instructions for life
Navigate the strife
We begin…

Plan into action
Aim to gain traction
We pursue…

Obstacles occur
Plans alter
We muse…

Think things through
Moments of truth
We stand…

Strength prevails
Wind in our sails
We strive…

Goals are the driver
Energy helps conquer
We progress…

Dream is achieved
Mind is relieved
We celebrate!

 

Written by David Johnson
17 August 2014

Only A Moment’s Notice!

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It takes only a moments notice
For me to drift away
From this place of overload
My imagination is at play

I wander here I wander there
Both near to me and far
Sometimes to the Country
I don’t even need a car

My imagination takes me
To where I want go…
To the limestone cliffs of Dover
Or the canyons of Colorado

It’s such a relaxing feeling
Drawing on this source
It helps me keep stress at bay
As I continue on my course!

 

Written by David Johnson
2 August 2014

Fleeting Moments…

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Fleeting moments
They drift by
Like wispy clouds
In the sky

Present becomes past
In an instant
Our life goes on
Further distanced

Each passing thought
Takes us further
Along the road
Increasing fervour

Challenges come
And they go
Strength increases
Determined flow

Keep the dream
At front of mind
Enjoy the journey
Future defined

 

Written by David Johnson
30 July 2014

Stories On Your Shelf

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They sit and wait
So quietly
For a passerby
To stop

Stories rich and wondrous
Certainly the pick of the crop

Each of them
Are patient
For they know
It won’t be long

A Human will surely stumble by
And help them to belong

At last
A hand reaches out
Pick me, pick me
They say

I’ve been longing for you to stop
As I want to change your day

Now the book
is happy
In comforting hands
they nestle

Rest assured the book will help
The Human to be settled

In time
The book will finish
And be placed
Upon the shelf

Awaiting that future day
When another one needs help

So think
Of your bookshelf
As you
Travel your Earthly course

Visit your books often
They are a priceless resource!

 

Written by David Johnson
26 July 2014

Books On A Bookshelf

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‘You can tell a lot about a person from the books they have in their bookshelf…” A phrase that I have heard many,many times over the years…

These days (with the advent of books available via download) perhaps it is not used as often.

Then there are people who say they ‘don’t read books…’ I’m sad for them because they are missing out on so much!

Back to the initial phrase, though. A quick look at our bookshelves indicates the following topics:

– Art Theory & History, Oil, Acrylic, Watercolour painting, Drawing, Sketching; Calligraphy
– Photography Theory & History, Individual Photographers, Miscellaneous subjects, Cameras    
   (about 150 books on those aforementioned topics alone)
– Science-Fiction
– Poetry & Verse
– Assorted Novels e.g. Classics, General, Mysteries; Short Stories; Fantasy; Sci-Fi
– Movies
– Fishing
– Books about Books & Reading (yes, seriously)!
– Astronomy
– Music
– General Reference
– Self-Help (needed plenty of that over the years)
– Motivation
– Business
– Management
– Leadership
– Public Speaking
– Communication
– Religion
– Philosophy
– Networking
– Relationships
– Cacti & Succulents and Plants/Gardens etc.

I wonder what the casual observer would make of all that!?

Written by David Johnson
26 July 2014

Chimes

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The gentle sounds
They bring forth so true

Take my mind back
To begin anew

They ring in my mind
And in my Heart

Prompting myself
To make a new start

The wind is the player
An instrument so tame

Moving to the tune
Of a different name

As I sit and relax
I am at peace

The chimes are making
Me feel so at ease…

Written by David Johnson
19 July 2014