War Memorial 4

Roll of Honour

The diggers saw
and did pay
the price of
Battles they fought
against foes
were important.

War alone does not
secure a future.
The future is secured by
doing hard work
getting up every day,
delivering us.

We remember
our history,
our soldiers.
pays homage
to those
who were called upon
to do things
beyond our comprehension.

Copyright © April 2013 Norma Martiri

Notes: “Digger” is a slang term for Australian and New Zealand soldiers.
ANZAC Day is a national day of remembrance that commemorates our fallen soldiers.



New Erasure Poetry Book

Erasure Poetry is fast becoming a popular form of poetry and if you are looking for a full-length book to get your teeth into, check out Frank Montesonti’s new book Hope Tree

Frank Montesonti’s book is a wonderful example of erasure poetry and Frank makes clever use of his erasure and transforms the original book, How to Prune Fruit Trees into a fascinating collection of poems.

The book is available from Black Lawrence Press for a pre-sale price of only $9.95. Click here to get your copy.

Hope Tree

The Concert


Flickr Image by Sarah Dismukes

Bright light,
plentiful mirrors
the long sweep of lace curtains.
Faces scattered,
She played a running melody.
Swollen fingers
her wrists and hands
The room
seemed full of people;
stupid people who made her play.
She played
through trembling limbs
and burning eyes;
played and sung
hoping to discover the secret.
she laughed
and thrilled out
into the air –
the day before the tennis tournament.

Copyright © January 2013 Norma Martiri

Created from Pointed Roofs by Dorothy Miller Richardson

The Concert

Saturday Night at the Movies (Found Poetry)


I’m not sure if this works but I used the same article I used for the erasure poem of the same name. Compare the two and see what you think.

Found poetry is created by taking words, phrases, and sometimes whole passages from other sources and reframing them as poetry by making changes in spacing and lines, or by adding or deleting text, thus imparting new meaning.

Saturday night
was a big night at the drive-in.
Kids wandered around
in pyjamas until they crashed
full of chips, Pluto pups and fizzy drinks.
Teenagers got up to all kinds of mischief;
more than parents feared.

Patrons spent hours lounging
in camping chairs while
washing down takeaway meals
and snacks with beer.
Mattresses were thrown
in the back of utes and station wagons
for children
or lovers.

Everyone went to the drive-in.
Like stubbies and thongs,
it was made for Queensland.
Australia was outdoors
and mozzies,
the occasional storm,
and fogged windscreens
couldn’t dampen the night.

The screens have slowly darkened
and sites have been devoured
by mansions that sprawl where
cars once lined up.
Kids sat propped up on pillows to peer
over mum and dad’s shoulders.
Now they sprawl in front of a
smaller screen.

Copyright © January 2013 Norma Martiri

Make a Change

New Years Eve at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, Sydney. Picture: Stephen Cooper

Accentuate the positive
this year.
Don’t concede –
have a say.
You’ve got to be candid.
Express confidence –
Surprise the future,
for the future is liberal.

Copyright © December 2012 Norma Martiri

Taken from an article from The Sydney Morning Herald