This time for Poet’s Breakfast, we enter the intertidal world of Beverley George, so grab a cup of tea, and let your mind unwind… this is a breakfast landscape to lose yourself in.
lagoon sunrise –
the pelican’s bill keeps time
with my teabag
We live between an ocean and a freshwater lagoon.
The ocean is beyond tall houses on the other side of the street. The large freshwater lagoon is five metres from our back door.
I watch moorhens; egrets; cormorants; herons; four species of duck.
It is the pelicans I love, when they are here, rather than being busy; flying west, flying north, being somewhere else.
At 6 am, heating the jug for my fresh lemon juice in water, I look for them. When they are present, plummeting from the north headland, folding onto the water, fishing, my day-start takes on a contemplative mood. Breakfast is no longer something to merely fit in, or not. It exerts its own weight amd circumstance.
In the kitchen, on our open shelves below the plate rack, there are five breakfast bowls from Kyoto. The bowls are inexpensive but they have been shipped here, after my return, in a black lacquer box with slanting divisions, as carefully packed as if they were porcelain.
The bowls do not match in colour, but they tone. I take down one at random. Any one. That is at the heart of the ritual. Any one. No premeditated thought of which to choose, or memory of the last one I used. It’s like crossing fingers, not walking on cracks.
I scoop into the bowl the same brand of natural yoghurt, add blueberries or fruit in season. Wait for a pelican to drift into the water space I am watching, between boughs of melaleuca.
I wish I could say inspiration strikes me in this quiet time, but it rarely does. It’s just time out, a space for me, before the day begins.
Still facing the lagoon I find a teacup. Pour water onto tea.
About Beverley George:
Beverley George lives between the ocean and a freshwater lagoon and dabbles in most forms of writing. She is the founder and editor of Eucalypt, Australia’s first journal for tanka only and past editor of Yellow Moon 2000-2006 and the Society Of Women Writers NSW (Inc) Newsletter 2004-2006. Her seven international first prizes for haiku and related genres include the British Haiku Society James W Hackett Award 2003 and the Tanka Society of America’s International Contest 2006. She is president of the Australian Haiku Society. Her first book for children, Sneeze Power, was published by Blake in 2006.
Find Out More:
Eucalypt www.eucalypt.info has reviews of her tanka collection, empty garden and an article on tanka first published in “Five Bells”.
Beverley was the featured poet January – July 2008 on Tanka Online, a teaching site for tanka. An interview by Jeanne Emrich and a selection of Beverley’s tanka are available
Simply Haiku vol 4 no 3 has an interview of Beverley by Patricia Prime and examples of her haiku tanka and haibun. http://www.poetrylives.com/SimplyHaiku/SHv4n3/index-issue.html