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Sore butt - A life lesson

 

Hi,

Hope you are well in the moment you read this. 



This is based on a real person. It occurred after I completed my short film, Born in a Storm.

(Written in 2012)





Put your head between your knees, brace for impact

 

I was making video transfers

For a living

Fairly standard stuff

On the fringes of Film and Television

Yet I wanted in

To the Real Thing.


I made a short film

That took many months

Work, money and heart

The latter, being the most important

Yet had few avenues

To pursue at the finish.

 

It was harder to make your way then

I was unconnected

And a little guileless.

 

He was a salesman

In our company

Who said he had contacts

I knew he was slippery

Yet gave it up

Like a broke whore.

 

I looked after him

And his clients

Above all others

Lost in hope

And smoke

Of the dream.

 

In short

I raised my ass

To be pounded

Again and again.

 

My belief and self esteem

Diminished each time

Yet my doubt grew

His excuses for the delays

Are probably referenced

In the Salesman’s Handbook

And finally

As the truth settled on my corpse

I knew

I had to let it go.

 

Nothing ever came of the film

But I had learnt some important lessons

Like a Hollywood cliché.

 

Yet there was no subsequent

Punishment for him

Or enlightenment for me.

 

I grew to respect caution

As I avoided

A further pounding

Down the line

In other forms

With a justified disdain

For salesmen.

 

I wished death upon that motherfucker

Though I’m long over it

And went onto make other short films

Better ones

And wrote stories and novels

And poetry

About assholes like him.

 

And yet

Occasionally

It hurts to sit.

 






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May you have a good week.

Cheers
Anthony




What happened on the Island of Jonas? Short Audio-Video Story


Hi,

How are you doing this week?

Here's a short story to distract you. Video or audio format. Just 5 minutes.

Photos are mine from a trip to Cairns Queensland in 2012. The story was written at the same time, based on finding a dead bird. 




Island of Jonas


From the story collection Pseudo Stars





Listen HERE or...








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*Bottomless River or Caged Without Walls


Hope you have a good week


Peace



Accepting those different - Real diversity


Hi there,

How are you going this week?

Next week I'll have a short story in audio form for you but this week, I'd like to mention diversity, acceptance and tolerance. Many people talk about these things. And then, for example, will happily demonise all people of an opposing political persuasion. Or those with different belief systems. Atheists will condemn Christians and vice versa. People really aren't so tolerant after all.

This was written in January '21.





Speared

 

Speared well and true

By the sharp affront

To your ideological foundations.

 

How a single comment

Can threaten the belief system

You've built over time

In part, on your experiences

(More likely your upbringing)

And your chosen influences.

 

How many

In a lifetime

Beyond the impressionable years

Actually change sides?

 

Could you swing to a fresh allegiance

After years of treading

The comfortable path?

 

I suspect very few do

One usually reinforces

Not drifts.

 

How interesting would it be

To learn more about those people?

And why they make shifts

Others never even consider.

 

People like that,

Give the colour and texture

To the fabric.

 



13.1.21  7.30 pm

(Final days of Trump leadership)




More Poetry


This is not an analysis of Trump or his supporters in his final days. More an inspiration to assess those on the 'other' side. The other side of us, no matter which way we swing. 

Diversity isn't superficial things like skin colour and gender. What about difference of opinion? Different age groups. (There's some genuine diversity right there). Different classes. Not fulfill some company pie chart. 

We are influenced by media reports. Additionally, it's the extremists who oft provide the lasting impressions. It takes a wider consideration to understand others, and where they may be coming from. True tolerance. I suspect few have it. 


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Next week,

An audio story (in video form as well).

If you're in Lockdown, like we are here, in our 11th week, hang in there. 
We're all going a bit crazy now. 


(His 'ol fella). The One that got away - A true story

 

Hi,

Something a little more lighthearted after the past two serious posts.


This is a little naughty and a lot true.


Some missed the point 

(Not I)

 

I was at work

Minding my own business

As no one likes it

When I try to mind theirs

When an email pops up with a ping

Like a disappointing Christmas present

Advising to remove the full frontal nudity

From the Aussie rules footy game

That had just gone to air live.


Replays were my arena

So I checked out the shot

Of the player strolling into the change rooms

Dropping his pants

Directly in front of the overhead, unmanned camera

And having a good old feel around.

 

Now I don’t know

If he’d been working it up

On the way to the rooms

Or that football

Wasn’t his only talent.

 

Perhaps the commentator

Knew more than he let on

As he preceded the exclusive reveal

To the second

With the words

‘Stay with us and we’ll

Get right down to the action.’


Coincidental

But perfect timing all the same.


A mighty fine piece of entertainment

Which I thought was the point of television

What a shame to edit out

The highlight of the year.



'That's a bit stiff. I'd yellow card that.'


More Satire


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Peace



We are not strong... yet we dream for light



Hi,

How are you going this week? NSW Lockdown tightens. Virus continues to spread Nationwide.

This was written in the early days of the pandemic, May 2020.

It can apply to the mood of the time or life in general, during our struggles.


Dream for Light







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* The novella Bottomless River or the poetry collection,  Caged Without Walls

Have a good week, or at least fake it until you make it.


Peace




When it all seems too much...


Hi,

Hope you're doing okay. With all of NSW in lockdown, many won't be.

I wrote this a few years ago.
Open to your unique interpretation.






Desolate

Bereft
Of spirit
Enthusiasm sapped
And sacked.

Devoid of creative imaginings
Original thought
Dried to nothing
Like a sun strangled creek.

Soul-less, seemingly
Yearning for salvation
Desperate for…
Reassurance?
Support?
Love?

A thundering beast of a wave
Which cares less than nothing
That won’t recede
Forcefully rolling in
Crushing any possibility
Of redemption
Of hope
Of a solution.

From the abyss
A new belief glimmers faintly
Reaching to the Heavens
Yearning to scream
For interaction
Today, 
Tomorrow
Only
For fuck’s sake…
Materialise.






Not a lot of positivity there but that's not the point of it. It's documenting a mood in the moment. Whether that's actually how I felt when I wrote it, I don't remember. But it's likely.

If you're feeling like shit, perhaps the positive you could take from it, is that many feel the same. Even if we don't express it publicly. Our private suffering. 
The image below, however, does offer some hope...

More Poetry




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*Either my debut novella, Bottomless River and the poetry collection, Caged Without Walls


Hang in there.

Peace