Survival

In the far off southern seas on
their antipodean landing place
white races sought relief
from overcrowded poverty in
distant northern homelands
wedged themselves among
earlier settlers from southern
islands around their ocean.

To the white people’s growing
society came more settlers
from further east desperately
seeking a living to put a roof
overhead, food on their tables.

With hard physical labour
they earned food and shelter
through the mire of white
taxes, prejudices, scorn, then
brought out their kinsfolk in
spite of their tribulations.
for in their homelands
warring invaders trampled
down the poverty stricken
destroying homes and farms.

But here in the antipodes
they could survive, start again.

Survival

Exhumations

Delving into his immediate
family history our long lost
cousin and his children found
hidden twists and misery
behind shutdown faces
and blank closed doors.
For I told what I knew,
he had not known it before.
Researching he found more
never mentioned to the
younger upcoming generations.

Attempted suicide depression
procuring miscarriages of
unintended pregnancies silently
lurk behind closed doors,
convoluted lies cast a heavy
invisible blanket on successive
generations with far reaching
unhappiness, separations, feuds.

Exhumations

Seeking Time Travel

Finding a crucial piece of
information to locate his
forbears’ origins a long lost
cousin called us for more
missing links to fill in gaps
in the picture puzzle.

A chaotic tapestry of
random events outside the
families’ control, misdeeds
and misunderstandings, feuds
and partings appeared as
he intertwined his new
information with ours.

He longed to travel back
in time to speak to this
person, to that one, tell
them to have compassion
explain this and that,
make peace between them.

Seeking Time Travel

Creeping Cockroaches

Each year an occasional
cockroach strayed across
the back door steps of our
little flats. We never saw
where they came from.

Until a young couple settled
into our middle flat
cleared out their carport
and locker for car, parts,
and mechanic’s tools.
Cockroaches surged out
to be squashed with the
yard broom on the
carport’s concrete floor.

No more cockroaches for
a long time until he
spent this summer break
on car engine and wheels
for days in and out of the
locker with parts and tools.

A cockroach rebellion against
the upheaval surged out of
their lair to be squashed in
the carport, on door steps.

All is peaceful for now until he
works again on his elderly car.

Creeping Cockroaches