in nature sea spray a residue for the lucky i decide as showered standing alone on a rock in pink moonlight wondering and worshipping i dance in circles now celebrating what just is learning to laugh and cry alone in silence singing to my shadow watching days evaporate gently omen maybe magpie peck on head protecting next generation smile in evaluation applaud bird courage forgiven quick at dawn appreciation of all disseminates softly with age in nature and that itself is an indication of measured time remaining here the fish i’m in horror watching him pull up the hooked fish on the end of the jetty where i am taking in the sunset and while i know i can’t do anything to save the fish from this accepted by most slaughter i look into the fisherman’s eyes and quietly say ‘that poor dying fish’ to which he shrugs but i get a sense by the look he gives the fish and me that just for moment hearing my words he falls into what i said and i suppose that counts for something regarding the fish and the life it has lived on planet earth our shared home
Stephen House has won many awards and nominations as a poet, playwright, and actor. He’s had 20 plays produced with many published by Australian Plays Transform. He’s received several international literature residencies from The Australia Council for the Arts, and an Asialink India literature residency. He’s had two chapbooks published by ICOE Press Australia: ‘real and unreal’ poetry and ‘The Ajoona Guest House’ monologue. His next book drops soon. He performs his acclaimed monologues widely.