this day was full

12/03/2012
this day is full©papa osmubal

this day is full©papa osmubal

this day was full
chris mansell

this day was full before it
began solo with serious
gurgling maggies before the
great sun-laden australian
sky this day’s sky is full of
the promise of dingos and
fruit fly risky, ecstatic and
uncomfortable as grit in the
cossies this day is full and
gravid with secrets as any
universe tricked out with
humanity this day is full as


let loose into the water

10/06/2011
river ©papa osmubal

river ©papa osmubal


let loose into the water

chris mansell

this is what I think
perhaps you are the river
perhaps I will bathe
my hungry body there

but you do not come
there is an errand, slight,
which takes your time, you will
forget, but remember
when next I see you
“Ah! Sorry!” you’ll say
but it will be undone
washed away by then
and I’ll be cool and
learn the lesson again

but you do come then
you ask me to your house
and I’m pleased, you’re pleased
the day is bright
and you, nervous, talk
talk and talk and talk and
already I’m bored and begin
to notice you – beat back
your uncertain step and
your anxiety to please
doesn’t please I wait
until it’s time
or nearly time
then leave, careful with
myself, let no judgement
show the sun hits the broken
mountain and I go


this day was full

09/06/2011
this day is full ©papa osmubal

this day is full ©papa osmubal


this day was full
chris mansell

this day was full before it
began solo with serious
gurgling maggies before the
great sun-laden australian
sky this day’s sky is full of
the promise of dingos and
fruit fly risky, ecstatic and
uncomfortable as grit in the
cossies this day is full and
gravid with secrets as any
universe tricked out with
humanity this day is full as