Posted by: cronelogical | January 11, 2008

Painting for Rainbow Beach

My drawing for Cronelogic and friends at Rainbow Beach
Posted by: cronelogical | December 27, 2007


The words slip into a darkling cave

Bats hang in bunches from a stone shelf
I can go no further lest I lose the sun

I dare not use the lamp he gave me
Creatures that live in darkness fear the light
but I was born in the morning and this place refuses me

Posted by: cronelogical | December 27, 2007

Crone recalls the schoolhouse dance

He plays an old record
the mellow tones of the saxaphone
a piano, a base, a drum or two
and the big band songs that they made their own
as they danced until dawn
and kissed at the gate
as her landlady checked
when she came in late

Posted by: cronelogical | December 27, 2007

A Cully Killmouseki tale

Cat Morning

the little cat goes in and out
unable to decide whether wind and rain
are dangerous

Above the walk
the giant fronds of the palm
have no shadows
but cry out

The leaves of the grape vine
squish underfoot
and the dove’s voice
cannot be heard

Misty, the old cat

refuses to leave her cosy spot
but the kitten looks at me
expecting me to turn off the weather

Posted by: cronelogical | December 27, 2007


Drift westward on receding tide

My sail furled no longer strives to reach the shore
No boundaries edge the distant sea

No soft spoken passenger asks a plan or place
Alone with my boat into the setting sun
my wake collects my shadow into night

Posted by: cronelogical | November 28, 2007

Jacaranda season

The Jacaranda 

 purple against  cerulean

 I remember

how the world in color

said good-bye 

You left us

while I stood high above the trees


so very alone

on a  hospital balcony

Posted by: cronelogical | October 30, 2007

The Cracked Globe, a story from my childhood

The Cracked Globe
The cracked globe hung always at the front of the classroom, faded, marked marred and waiting for a small finger to trace the patterns, check the marks, look far across the ocean for the two small red places that were where the stories were made. A long curve marked the centre of her world but was only on the map, never quite right it seemed that all of her vast country should so far from either the big crack that marked the top half or the long mark from which the numbers started. One finger on the pen marked x that the teacher said marked her home place and no other part of her small hand could reach the place of stories, right on one line, or even to that other x where the Queen lived.
She knew about the Queen and the bearded man whose picture hung beside her. Kings, that was King George but he seemed to strange for a little girl to know but his wife was Queen Mary, the lady with the crown that sat on top of a great pile of hair just like her grandmother’s in far away Ontario. I wonder if the queen has to comb her long hair every morning, a hundred strokes, Mother had said it took to keep that long hair shining. How she longed for long coiled curls or braids like the picture books but mother said that all hurt too much, and so each month her bangs were cut straight across above her eyes and squared at the back. Her thumb and little finger stretched from her xed spot to the far edge of her country. One day she thought, one day I’ll ride and ride, and sail and see all the streets my dad told me in London. One day I’ll go and see the horses and carriages that drive through London. London is right there. I know because the teacher drew a tiny crown, right there in the very centre. She tried again, her longest ever stretch but her little finger landed deep in the ocean, deep in the blue part. She began to dream that her finger had drowned, so swam it safe to shore.
The cracked globe had a lot of sticky marks, and tiny holes, and the biggest crack was the equator, teacher said. He had stuck flags in each country. Flags were interesting; some were white with long green stripes; some had stars, and some had little flags in the corners of bigger flags. She knew that the little flag was the Union Jack and that all the pink bits belonged to the King-who-lived-in-Buckingham Palace and to all of us who lived in pink countries. It made her feel very important to belong in the King’s big empire yet still her hand would not reach further. “My dad”, she would be able to say, “My dad came from there”. Her finger on the England “ My dad came from there and once he saw the Old Queen ride in her carriage right down his street.”
The biggest crack in the cracked globe ran right around the centre. Far below and on the further side she found another big pink place. “ Where is that? One of the big boys laughed, “That is Australia, down below, you can’t get there from here because you would be sure to fall into that big hole and disappear.”
The Child stood on the high platform beside the railroad track that lead to Hudsons Bay and the Arctic but today the train was going the other way. She stretched her fingers thinking of the globe and knew the biggest ocean was where the ships waited for all the people she could see through the coach window. People sitting at white tables holding silver knives and forks, the waiter in black tie, white shirt, a big napkin over his arm, bowing and asking. One day, one day she knew she’d ride out west and see the tide wash strange waters to a rocky shore. One day, she dreamed she’d sweep grandly aboard. One day the waiter would bow before her and say,” M’lady what may I bring for you today? I hear the trifle’s very nice, and turtle soup’s on the menu.”
“O my!”, she’d have to say, “no turtle for me. I could not eat such a tiny friend. Beside’s D’s turtle ran away. This might be him. May I please have rice pudding and cream with a strawberry on top?” He’d go away and come back with her pudding on a silver tray.
“Thank you, thank you for being so kind.”
She reached her finger across the sea and touched on China, tapped all the little islands as she went and thought about the things the teacher said. How once upon a far off time the boys wore pigtails braided down their backs, and girls wee feet were made so small by binding them. How glad she was that all those stories were from long ago perhaps even longer than when her friend Wing Chew who kept the café in town was a baby. Wing Chew came from Shanghai, her daddy said, and left a little girl like you at home. He came here a long time ago, Dad told her working on the railroad when they were building the Pas line.
Wing Chew broke his leg and could not work for big money on the rails so he set up the café and learned to cook the western way: bacon and eggs, liver and onions, oatmeal with lumps, and toasted bread with marmalade. She wondered why no one ate with chop sticks in Wing Chew’s café and wondered too if the little girl in China missed her dad. “Mei Sue’s a grown up lady now and would not know her dad if he walked down the street.” She cried and knew she was a lucky little girl to live in a pink country and knew she’s always have to be extra polite when Wing Chew asked if she wanted a piece of his tough old pie.
On day, she knew, she’d not have to be the baby any more when the girls played house under the poplars. The girls had a table made from a box and six stools from the winter logs and she knew how to set the table, and how to spread the cloth properly, not all sloppy as Peggy did but no one would let her. She had to sit on the high chair and be baby just because she was the youngest and didn’t have any big brothers or sisters to defend her. She hated recess except on the days it was too cold for most of the big kids to walk to school and much too cold for the little ones to make snowballs. The dry snow fell apart even in her warm mittens. Those days she could play with the globe.

Posted by: cronelogical | October 30, 2007



There is a haunting in old houses
a haunting born of feet
that trod old floors
as though the scent
of all those stories lies
beneath each board
that creaks and tells of makers
and of those who dwelt
these London streets

Old houses carry in their bones
tales that the children
told each other, songs
sung by mothers, widows tears
and the long rumours
of the years but more
the stones quarried from the mountain
redefined still know
shapes of living things

Old bodies
retaining all that was once was
are here, under the floorboards
deep as tale
their builder sensed
but could not know
The broken window leaves a trace
of fingers that pinched
the greying putty, held the glass
we cannot see, but know

There are hauntings
in old houses, hints of the painter
chips where the paintings
hung and delicate
threads of stories traced on a ceiling
read by children before the lights went out.
These floorboards
bear the marks of cots
and cradle runners

The attic window
open to the wind still whispers
as in her bones
the old ballerina dances
a ballet long forgotten
in the dust

Posted by: cronelogical | October 17, 2007

Out of the heart’s memory

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Posted by: cronelogical | September 19, 2007

Beautiful Island Naia’s places

Posted by: cronelogical | September 18, 2007

A link to a site of exceptional beauty

Posted by: cronelogical | September 18, 2007

Elizabeth Lilly to the official, May 8, 1854

Sir I beg most respectfuly to state that I am under the disagreable nesessity of requesting your ade, in behalf of my family
seeing that they are starving for want of food, which I cannot provide for them which you know, Sir, must be hart breaking
to a mother and if it is in your power to send me an order on Mr Sinclair’s for some flour tea and sugar you would much oblige
me as wel as relive me and my family from our miserable situation, and if it is not in your power be so kind as to write to
the Governor and let him know our miserable situation and your Humble Petitioner will ever for you pray.

P.S.Please favour me with an answer as soon as possible

(Signed) Elizabeth Lilly

Posted by: cronelogical | September 18, 2007

The Settler’s Wife

1854, the settler’s wife, her husband sentenced to fifteen years for stealing sheep.  Herein the official’s list of her possessions:

Two old tables, three old stools, two cooking pots of iron,
camp oven, tea kettle, frying pan, three dishes and a bucket
One dish had a cover
four plates, one cracked;
A cruet stand complete,
one salt cellar, one pepper mill
a clothes box, table cloth
table oil cloth,
a wool mattress
and EIGHT books.

One barrel, one auger, one adze
a handsaw, two knives, a grindstone
a plane, a spade, two axes, a jack plane
a square, ironwork
scythe and sickles eight of the latter
two hundred post nails
and fifty feet of timber

Eight ale and porter casks
fifty pounds of salt

She had three sows, one boar, twelve sucking pigs,
seven chickens, a cockerel
three “whippentines”?

and four small childen

Posted by: cronelogical | September 16, 2007

Another dear friend is gone

We played cribbage all one winter
danced, and danced
He carried my water buckets
lit the fire in the basement
helped my mother
kissed me

Both knew we were only friends
and did not keep in touch

Posted by: cronelogical | September 13, 2007

Words for a lost love

Ghosts haunt my dreams
You lie quiet in the stoned grave

I hope you meant it when your said, “Go forward.”
I have loved and roamed again

You met me in that wet and windy town
I remember those first nights
that you no longer share

They say old age is time for memory
but memory is not an honest broker
rather one that plays the game
as if it were a pot of prizes
fished from time to time
with random results

I think you would approve my choice
whose touch awoke
even that is long ago
He and I
faithful in old age
and gentle as you would have me be
and that you gave me permission
comforts me

Posted by: cronelogical | September 8, 2007

Mountain home

A reminder of a mountain home

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Posted by: cronelogical | September 6, 2007

Trouble at the gate

Pollution in the wind
banks of my memory
spammed out

Posted by: cronelogical | July 25, 2007

Return to a long ago place

Weary of travel I return to the Isle of the beloved
Isle of the Great White Owl
Isle where my hammock sways beneath tall willows
Place born of my dreaming
place where dreams came true
when we danced with the owl women
and learned each other.

Posted by: cronelogical | July 24, 2007

Night Poem

 I dreamed of wild horses
wild horses fighting
wild horses
I might have to ride
Two palominos  filled with anger
hurt for each other in every stride
biting and kicking
furiously running
Why would I ride?
Where would  I ride wild horses?

Posted by: cronelogical | July 7, 2007

Cully Killmouseki

the little cat goes in and out
unable to decide whether wind and rain
are dangerous

Above the walk
the giant fronds of the palm
have no shadows
but cry out

The leaves of the grape vine
squish underfoot
and the dove’s voice
cannot be heard

Misty, the old cat from next door
refuses to leave her cosy spot
but the kitten looks at me
expecting me to turn off the weather

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