Clouds poem by Iris Carden Troubles gather like clouds From nowhere Slowly at first Building up Darkening the sky Coming faster Ominous Threatening Dangerous A friend Who listens Who hears Who understands Helps find solutions Interrupts the storm Sunlight through the clouds


Windmill poem by Iris Carden Soft breeze blows Blades turn slowly Metal groans quietly Pump reaches down Deep into arid earth Treasure from aquifer Water brings life Life to cattle Life to ground Life to birds Life to wildlife Life to the outback

Goodbye Bumpy

Goodbye Bumpy poem by Iris Carden For seventeen years you ruled our lives iron claw in velvet paw. We learned to do what we were told when you laid down the law. On Saturday you met your fate, at the emergency vet. We’d hoped that you’d get over this, like all that you’d faced yet.…… Continue reading Goodbye Bumpy


Tortise poem by Iris Carden You’re eighty years old and still just middle aged, you must have seen so much, across the world’s stage. Now you are so big most predators won’t see you as food, Life should be so easy, and everything so good. But humans are strange predators, size no discouragement. Sailors stopping…… Continue reading Tortoise

Hello Twenty Twenty-three

Hello Twenty Twenty-three poem by Iris Carden Hello, and welcome, Twenty Twenty-three. What kind of year do you think you’ll be? Twenty Twenty, Twenty-one, Twenty-two, set expectations very low for you. Your older siblings weren’t all that great. They brought disease, disasters, war and hate. The world-wide pandemic was never fun, And invading your neighbours…… Continue reading Hello Twenty Twenty-three


Star poem by Iris Carden They left their home for a country afar. They watched the night sky and followed a star. They crossed barriers of country and faith, following a light, in search of the great. They went to a palace in search of a king not knowing the danger that visit would bring.…… Continue reading Star


Bauble poem by Iris Carden A glass Christmas bauble, shiny and bright, encircled by glitter, reflecting the light. It hangs on the tree amid tinsel and lights, a strange commemoration of such a strange night. A young woman gave birth, homeless, in the gloom. Her poor tradie husband couldn’t find them a room. The birth…… Continue reading Bauble

The Week Before Christmas

The Week Before Christmas poem by Iris Carden It was a week before Christmas and things weren’t going well, Santa’s cost-cutting measures were beginning to tell. The reindeer were weak, from inferior food, Elves working overtime, were in a horrible mood. The elves formed a union. Reindeer did the same. They presented Santa, their demands…… Continue reading The Week Before Christmas