Early morning travel

Early morning sky
filled with travel,
she pauses
before taking flight.
– Melinda Schwakhofer, 2018

strange passion


A strange passion is moving in my head.
My heart has become a bird which searches in the sky.
Every part of me goes in different directions.
Is it really so that the one I love is Everywhere?

Jackdaw Medicine


Jackdaw Medicine

Jackdaw picks
and pokes
and stirs
through the glittering wreckage
of my story and the history of my tribe.

Sharp beaked,
keen eyed,
she sorts the heap
half in two.
One side,
dark and heavy;
unwanted burdens,
carried way too far
for far too long.
These will be held,
grieved and
given back to the earth.
One side,
bright with promise;
priceless treasures,
that they threw to one side.
I will make from these
gewgaws and gimcracks,
bagatelles and bibelots,
and hold them up for all the world to see.
– Melinda Schwakhofer, 2015
Photograph by Nigel Hillier