All around the world, images of our beautiful state of QLD going under water are causing distress and heartache. In my own life, there are people near to me who are facing possible evacuation and incredible loss. It is nothing short of catastrophic… and I want to give back.
Poetry has always been a hopeful force in my life, so I have decided to use my last book, Ocean Hearted, to raise funds for flood relief in QLD. Here’s my plan…
From January 12 to January 26 I will donate 100% of all sales to flood relief and to add to that, I will personally give an extra $5 for every book sold. Copies of Ocean Hearted can be purchased for the regular price of $15 (incl. postage) via paypal or cheque / money order.
To order a copy/copies and give to this important cause, email me at geenunn(at)yahoo.com.au with the subject heading ‘Ocean Hearted Flood Relief Project’ and we can arrange payment method from there.
If you already have copies, I encourage you to give them as a gift… so if you can help, please dig deep, and spread the word to all your networks. Together, we can make a difference.
All monies will be given to: http://www.qld.gov.au/floods/donate.html
Here’s the title poem from the book:
the house you live in
is built on tidal plain and farmer’s field
flat as the world before civilisation
the land you walk is
below sea level, all oyster shell and mangrove root
patient fingers of wood holding their breath
you fix the horizon’s shape
in your mind, its shimmering possibility
held between seagull and midday
the hot sting of sun on your neck
like a blade lifting skin
you’re all blonde hair and blisters
you stop and clouds swim
like mullet into your pupil
for a moment you wonder why you are here
you left the house and walked towards the water
eyes shut, pulling away from shore
you heard the call
it sounded like ocean
you hear it now
swim harder, it says, swim harder