Feral is the weed that walks hops or swims
that we seeded here first of all.
Like weapons in Afghanistan to fight Russians,
they shoot back against the giver, given time.
The irony in the soil, the punch-line
that keeps moving.
They are the spoonful of toad that never
helped the sugar.

The feral is the new devil;
we burn them, use their live bodies for cricket,
run them over.
They are our scapegoats, scapetoads, scapecarp,
whipping boys for our royal, stupid selves.

Varmint, pest, pets gone wild, rejigged —
dancing to their own tune.

PS Cottier


Continuing thoughts about what is a weed from my last post, this week I touch on feral pests, with which Australia is now teeming, after 200 years of colonisation/invasion.

Cane toads are probably amongst the most famous, although even cats multiply like mice (ew!) here, and feed on parrots and lizards and all the tiny marsupials that most Australians in cities have never seen.

I am working on a sequence based on this; though trying to organise my thoughts is like teaching cane toads manners.  (And that’s not a cane toad above, but it is a cool illustration, courtesy of the wonderful resource Old Book Illustrations.)  The guy peeping at the main figure is 100% Gandalf, and I’m sure he has Powers over toads.

Either that or he uses them for their interesting secretions.

The home for ancient memes

Where they can haz cheeseburgers all day
Where jokes of nuking each other from space crack
Where everyone fusses over a grumpy cat
Where the cry of Ermahgerd echoes
Where an overly manly man flexes, endlessly
Where sad hipsters say many things
Where planking takes place every evening
Where the X all the Ys, and Y all the Xs
Where ice buckets become challenging
Where smugshrugs shrug smugly
Where seals have awkward moments
Where they debate the colour of a dress
Where they still Netflix and chill
Where…I’d definitely continue, but
Ain’t nobody got time for that

PS Cottier


Discuss the colour of this Tudor, dress-like thing.

Feet, not face

December 14, 2012


Shoes so cool that people say
could I photograph your feet?
Face up to yourself woman,
there’s a party happening downstairs.

Thanks to Sharon who liked the shoes so much!

Cat poems

My cat is a cunning composer.
She leaves scores around the house.
There are syncopated jazz rats, still jerking,
replete with her creation.
They hum as tiny drumsticks protrude,
percussion and strings combined.
She arranges her catch with
an unblinking painter’s eye.
A wavering line of random feathers
changes into a bald peach bird,
elegantly draped among the pears.
She is Flemish in her still life,
Nature mort, most mort.
My Renaissance cat creates poems of pain,
with small commas of grey as meek mice
punctuate, curling. Each whisker a line of praise,
a direct compliment, to her well executed verse.

PS Cottier

I always dread putting a photograph of anything feline up, as I’m bound to get lolcats comments. Oh well, I’ll be brave…

Cats are tremendous murderers, almost as good as people. So click this feather from a bird one killed earlier, for further poesie:

Tuesday Poem

My poem today was published in my first book, The Glass Violin.

ALSO: There’s a fun article about the Poets Train written by the wonderful organiser, Fiona McIlroy at this link, in which I have become PC Cottier. I haven’t been PC for a very long time, Fiona!:-)

UPDATE: I am back to being P.S. Cottier! Unfortunately, I momentarily typed and posted Fiona’s name as Fiona Wright: quite a different person. And although I corrected that quickly here, it’s up on the Australian Poetry site as Wright in my pingback comment. It’s McIlroy, I tell you! Sorry Fiona!

Dangerous ground

October 28, 2011

It’s so hard to write about love without being sucked into the great swamp of cliché.  (That swamp is just near the level playing field and the field of dreams, incidentally.)  Here’s a poem that attempts to avoid the swamp.

I’ve totally given up trying to make my poems copied onto here revert to single spacing; they just like to be double spaced.  And who am I to argue with the muse of the computer?



Dangerous ground, they say; thick sands

tending towards the gluggy, or cloying

like dessert wine, just too too sweet.

Roll it round your tongue and spit!

say the many, divorced from lingering,

an evicted dog’s cold fleas, itching.

But that is not it, that is not it at all.

I realise that now, tottering past forty,

smorgasbord stashed in past’s

crumbed pantry of regret.

Hungover with experiment,

trapezed into performance,

the gourmet becomes gourmand

or abstemes self into shape.

But the shape of love is not six-packed muscle,

nor even delicate lines of balletic grace.

Love is a vegetarian at the butcher’s,

gapes of bed-socks beneath ageing dreams

and the practised caress;

an ideolect of touch and lapping

curled like a cat in memory’s ample gut.

Stretching, it rubs against the legs of so far and thus good.

Then it stalks out into future’s thin twilight, hunting for self,

in the deep dear shadows of the you and the now.

P.S. Cottier