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She Has A Thing – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Granite – Word of the Day


A wonderful piece of granite, neatly balanced, a sea of pink wildflowers in the background, Leda Reserve. Granite specifically refers to igneous rock, though it has been used to describe other forms of rock too. But granite is also used to describe character and personality – that a person might be determined or resolute.


She Has A Thing

She’s not entirely certain,
though she’s absolutely resolute,
determined to a fault,
some would say quite stubborn,
but I could never say that!
She just has a thing about paintings,
they must be hung just right,
so measure once,
then measure twice,
double check,
O no, more to the right,
hmm, let’s see,
Yes, that’s right,
okay, now drill,
and so it goes,
an ordered life.

©Paul Vincent Cannon





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Finding My Way

Deviate – Word of the Day


I once took an unknown path that led
across lichen encrusted granite.
I slipped and bruised easily.
But I made it to the top.
However,  it wasn’t really that.

I once walked blindly into solid bush
certain it was virgin.
Scratched, sore and hot,
I found the center and a rusted coke can.
So, it wasn’t quite that.

I once climbed a mountain,
a torutous path.
Wind, rain, burning sun.
I reached the awe inspiring summit.
It was almost that.

I once followed a tiny creek line,
there was no trail.
I heard frogs and birds,the rustle of leaves,
I smelt the humus and the sweet air.
It was close to that.

But it wasn’t my conquest,
or my discovery.
It was something deeper,
It was everywhere and everything,
and it was nowhere in particular.

At once it was synergy,
a oneness, a different discovery,
where I belonged in the bosom of the earth,
and it belonged in me.

©Paul Cannon


When was the last time you varied your route? When did you last enjoy a challenge like a side path or rock outcrop, a creek line, frogs, birds, moist earth?

When out in the bush, any possible path or route is likely to be a deviation for me. I am definitely curious and I love surprises and challenges. So another stop along the Norseman –  Hyden Road along the Woodlands Discovery Trail, just to see. A granite outcrop, a running creek, and a view from the rock, birdsong, and a variety of woodland flora. Well worth the deviation for such simple yet rich pleasures, and oneness.




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Buried Underground



One of the interesting facts about Australia’s monoliths is that they are small above ground, with the bulk buried below. This is a partial shot of Kokerbin Rock that I took 2009. The rock is between the communities of Kellerberrin and Shackleton. Kokerbin Rock is 122 mtrs high, and is a grantire formation. Originally it was an indigenous birthing site, and therefore a women only site. As you approach Kokerbin from the east it even looks like a pregnant woman lying on her back.

Kokerbin is the third largest monolith in Australia, but what you see with teh eye is small compared to what geophysics has uncovered as buried below ground. Mt. Wudddina in South Australia is second largest, and the iconic Uluru is first.


Uluru in 2014, and again, the bulk of it is buried or underground. And this is also a significant Indigenous site, and while it is a popular tourist destination it continues to be used, whereas Kokerbin is no longer used and is now a nature park.



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S4300178_2_2.JPGTrue grit 🙂 a mixture of coarse sand, shell grit, and the fine particles of limestone, granite, and volcanic rock. Taken at Quarry Bay, Augusta. Looks great, a rainbow of colours. Sounds wonderful and crunchy when you walk on it, not so good in your shoes or between toes, and rough to sit on.




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