A DROP IN THE OCEAN: MARK ‘MONO’ STEWART

Adversity is relative. When we are toddlers a soggy nappy is Armageddon, in high school double-homework on the Friday afternoon is a catastrophe. In adult life, hardship mans up, expands exponentially and kicks into fifth gear, but still, when compared to almost anyone else on the planet, we get it easy. When Mark ‘Mono’ Stewart […]

UP A CREEK: GO SEA KAYAKS’ NEW TOUR

When you think of kayaking in Byron Bay, two things spring to mind: backpackers and the ocean. True, this is an enjoyable and quintessentially Byronian experience, bragging the money-back guarantee of spotting whales, dolphins or turtles, but it’s not really everyone’s idea of a good time. With crashing waves, dentally over-endowed sea life and a […]

WHAT MUD: THERE’S NO STOPPING SPLENDOUR

It could be said that, for the greater part, this year’s Splendour in the Grass was blessed with fine weather and the best a Byron winter can offer – clear, blue skies, warm days and mostly dry nights. But a wet preceding week and a couple of heavy, though short-lived downpours swiftly turned the high-traffic […]

SOULCAGES

Let’s be the onesLooking the other way,Laughing in gridlock,Racing up the down escalator To break the mundane commute.Let’s be the onesPlaying in the rain,Slow-dancing to silence,Finding joy in those momentsWhen others wear a frown.Let’s be the onesRunning in the hallways,Walking barefoot in the cities,Seeing masterpieces in the structuresOf a grey and lifeless world.Let’s be the onesChasing […]

EROSION

You have broken my world,Razed my walls, fractured the illusionsSo carefully crafted for just such moments.Disarmed and naked, you have stolen My sanctuary in solitude.For so long, I have run away,Run inside, run deep into the shadowsThat no light could penetrate,Into the safety of anonymity,Into the safety of alone.My cocoon is gone,That hermitage of growth and […]

13,000 DAYS

Hidden beneath the masquerade Of 13,000 days,I threw endless fractured heartbeats Into the abyss of time. Forgotten and neglected,Rusted and unused,My soul dripped thirsty petalsInto every hollow footprint. Every breath a final death rattle repeated,Lost and empty, purposeless in its futility.And then you. You do not see the masksI cower from the world behind.You count each single […]