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The rush hour trains pass, packed in yellow light,

            Electric eels slithering North

On the first evening of spring.


           Fleecy cotton clouds still warm the earth

As impatient shoots part their yellow lips

           To exhale & patch the polluted air.


In this small enclave sloping South,

           A young woman in jeans sways & walks a little black dog,

Two schoolboys slouch across the road,

            Bags hanging louche from their shoulders.


A middle aged lady with bitter lines

            Down each side of her face watches them

From her verandah, unpicking the years with foxy eyes.  




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Posted on February 7, 2012 at 11:19 2 Comments

Eight of my friends have died or are dieing in the last year. This includes some I grew up with in Broken Hill, some of the 'generation of 68', some that I just knew. Good people, not so good but good fun, bad people that I loved just the same. Seems like it's time to think about it. 


The last time i was seriously ill was when I…


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At 22:29 on August 23, 2011, Adrian Wiggins said…

Hello Rae and welcome to the Sydney Poetry social site.

This is a social site built by the poets (and friends) of Sydney (and surrounds) for the poets (and friends) of Sydney (and surrounds).

You can:

Good to see you getting involved already. This being a social site the more we all do here the more interesting it becomes for everyone. While there's no editor deciding what gets published there is just a bit of post facto moderation to keep it clean and on-topic.

I hope you enjoy your time on the site and find it useful, and please let us know what you think.

Best wishes (with apologies for the overdue welcome),


At 12:41 on August 26, 2011, Chris Mansell said…

Ha! That would be the day - R.D.Jones moderated.


At 15:44 on August 26, 2011, Andrew Burke said…
Good to see you here, Rae. I'm a bit of a west coast interloper, but Sydney a favourite part of Oz for me - and a home for many fav poets over time.
At 14:56 on February 7, 2012, jennifer nixon said…

Hi Rae  tried to upload a photo of myself in my hat!  ah well, shall maybe be wearing next time we meet - dunno may work

jenni  P7230057.JPG

At 9:22 on February 28, 2012, Helen Thurloe said…

Hi Rae

lots happened/ing since last we spoke.  Saw Helen in a supermarket a year ago, so had some update including the logistics of large musical instruments.  Will post some poems to fill in the gaps.

cheers, Helen

At 19:18 on February 28, 2012, Rhyll McMaster said…

Yes, Picaro Press puts out a great little product, and so consistent.

At 21:33 on February 28, 2012, Rae Desmond Jones said…

so energetic & dedicated.

At 1:15 on May 3, 2012, Richard Kelly Tipping said…

Hey Rae, let's go for a picnic again with the Cockatoo gang, to the Sydney Biennale in June

At 17:53 on May 12, 2012, Richard James Allen said…

Good to see you too, Rae, and yes, now we know always carry a poem in your pocket!! :-) Richard

At 14:14 on May 13, 2012, Rae Desmond Jones said…

yup - but I can always wheel out Dracula...


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