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Saturday, July 8, 2023

'Words' purpose'


It takes a long time to grow an old friend.” – John Leonard

Born in the UK on this date in 1965, Leonard studied at the University of Oxford before moving to Australia in 1991 where he makes his home in Canberra.  The past poetry editor of the quarterly Overland, his most recent book is Wordfall.   For Saturday’s Poem, here are Leonard's,




Words’ purpose – to tell

Of the earth and starry sky.

All living things between

Of sunlit, spindrift moments.

Where only and once can you

Find yourself, your time.







                                    Certainty Becomes

                                           Certainty becomes time’s whole cloth.

                                    But that is what we never can have.

                                    And a moment more in time shows

                                    Our time is out of true.


                                    Certainty sees only the straight road.

                                    Many chapters have been written.

                                    Many conclusions proposed, all comfortable. 

                                    But we cannot know the end of our story.

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