a daily tanka — June 30

round here the parks have

harbour buoys and anchor chains

strewn over the grass 

tho plaques explain

unmoored, our past sails on 

Image: Port Kembla Maritime Park, I’ve been wanting to stop at this little neglected park for ages but it’s trapped between busy roads and across from the busy courthouse.

And for music, here’s Canadian world music ensemble Constantinople with kora maestro Ablaye Cissoko with their album Itinerant Gardens (YouTubers)

a daily tanka — June 7

trying to clean away
the mess    the fingerprints 
of yesterday
I gently wipe my glasses
with a small lintfree cloth

Image: Tableau-vivant, New South Wales, Australian and American Photographic Company, ca. 1872, State Library of NSW on Flickr.

A tanka after Machi Tawara

And today’s musical offering, here’s Colorado born, now Stockholm-based organiste Kali Malone with their 2019 album Sacrificial Code. (YouTubers) I have posted this album before but I just love writing to its slow evolving progressions, so I thought you might enjoy it again.

No hurry…


The complete response, after three months’ consideration, by the Minister for Social Services the Hon. Dan Tehan MP to the Australian Law Reform Commission report Pathways to Justice—An Inquiry into the Incarceration Rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, which the Australian Government commissioned on 10 February 2017 and received on 22 December 2017 and which was finally tabled in Parliament on 27 March 2018, concerning the disproportionately high rates of incarceration among Aboriginal and Torres Strait people (despite being around 2% of the Australian population, in 2016, Indigenous Australian men were 15 times more likely to be in prison than non-Indigenous men, and Indigenous women were 21 times more likely to be in prison than non-Indigenous women) which costs Australia an estimated $7.9 billion every year, not counting the harm to individuals, families and communities, and is agreed by many organisations to be ‘a national disgrace.’  Continue reading