Books by Beverley George

Books TTJ tr Aya Yuhki (2)

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English Version:

Books

Beverley George

 

dinner sets, fine linen,

and cooking pots scatter . . .

my books

come with me everywhere

from home, to home, to home

 

Pooh Bear tales

loved now as in childhood —

on the flyleaf

my name in mother’s writing,

and a stamp I coloured in

 

e-books have their place

in our speeding, shrinking world

I luxuriate

in silken pages to turn

and sturdy, sewn spines

 

books arranged

by genre, country, author

are easy to find

my life as a librarian

flows into golden years

 

book jackets

gleam in lamplight

gateways

to realms of otherness,

the maze of diverse minds

© Beverley George

published bilingually The Tanka Journal [Japan] no. 43 2013  p.19

Beverley George has spent most of her working life in libraries, mostly scientific ones, but she has also enjoyed time in public libraries, including a country children’s book service. Her private copious bookshelves reflect a lifelong love of books, which are arranged systematically for easy retrieval.
She greatly enjoys the Japanese poetic genres and produces Eucalypt: a tanka journal,  in print, on Hanno silk paper.
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Sparrows Beneath Eaves [Homeless beside the State Library] by Beverley George

Sparrows Beneath Eaves

[Homeless beside the State Library]

 

Swish of passing cars

and the long stains

of traffic lights

across gleaming macadam.

 

His upturned collar lets in drips

from the window glazing

that separates him

from warm-jacketed books

and winking necklaces of computer LED,

sly as bandy-bandy snakes.

 

The eaves here are wide.

Often rain does not reach his wall;

he glares at its encroachment,

a red-eyed Canute, cursing god and man                      

 

Bundles of rags and newspaper

mark the proximity of others;

strictures of survival

prohibit intimacy.

 

In early light the sparrows

flit down in twos and threes

to shake and strut in puddles,

fossick for damp crumbs.

 

He stretches night-cramped muscles,

and stoops to roll his blanket.

All that he possesses

becomes the new day’s burden.

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From Beverley:

‘Sparrows Beneath Eaves’ highly commended in the Jean Stone Award 2006;

published in Poetrix #26  2007  and in an anthology of my work:

Drawing God and other pastimes  by Beverley George.  Picaro Press, 2009

 

Beverley George has spent most of her working life in libraries, mostly scientific ones, but she has also enjoyed time in public libraries, including a country children’s book service. Her private copious bookshelves reflect a lifelong love of books, which are arranged systematically for easy retrieval.
She greatly enjoys the Japanese poetic genres and produces Eucalypt: a tanka journal,  in print, on Hanno silk paper.

 

Date-Stamp by Julie Thorndyke

DATE-STAMP

September gone
and another birthday
I pause
before turning the fourth
corner of the year

these book-lined walls
all thought, every emotion
contained
on my calendar I schedule
a day to run free

last day of term
locking the library door
on silence
I check myself out

for a long, long loan

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a TANKA SPLENDOR 2006 winner, published on

http://www.ahapoetry.com/ts2006.htm

Julie Thorndyke lives, works and writes in Sydney, Australia. Two collections of her tanka poetry, rick rack and Carving Granite, are available from Ginninderra Press. http://www.ginninderrapress.com.au/ 

Online learning By Julie Thorndyke

Online learning

 

email instructions…

a web-based learning platform—

how can he

chat up female students

in this virtual classroom?

 

no hiding

from the virtual librarian

if the overdue notices

don’t find you, she has

an avatar to hunt you down

 

pixelated…

confabulated by email

he longs

for the sound

of a human voice

 

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Julie Thorndyke lives, works and writes in Sydney, Australia. Two collections of her tanka poetry, rick rack and Carving Granite, are available from Ginninderra Press. http://www.ginninderrapress.com.au/