Australian writer, environmental activist, hang-gliding assistant & former sailor, journalist & clown. Debut poetry collection available now. www.emmabriggs.net

Why do U.S. elections matter to the rest of the world?

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(Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash)

Apart from the excitement of the first Black president, and the novelty factor of the first orange one, Australians generally have little interest in who’s in charge over there.

Fair enough, I suppose. It’s probably a positive trend in modern Australia that we’re far more concerned about our own politicians than either the British royal family or U.S. presidents. …


What if?

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An aquatic poem.

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Photo by Silas Baisch on Unsplash

when beaches erode
we pile up sandbags
for future storms
who knows what’s next?
we can’t prepare
for every risk
but we can’t let go
because we know
about consequence

so I must try
to strike a balance
within its flow
drift or swim
floating on tides
directing streams
raising dams
washing my tears
strive to accept
I’m only a drop
in this infinite
ever-changing
incomprehensible
ocean life


A story from the future

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(Photo by Razvan Narcis Ticu on Unsplash)

When I woke, my hands still gently trapped the bird, but I sensed it trusted me now. Suddenly I realised she was female and she understood me. I imagined a mouth sucking the meat from those bones. Although I knew it wouldn’t be my mouth, the image was too sad to bear. The despair increased until I could hardly breathe. …




A poem of desperation.

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Photo by James Beheshti on Unsplash



I wish, but the problem is
I know hope is not enough
and prayers will never cut it.
Who will stop the insanity
if not you and I?
Although it’s easy to feel
helpless against stupidity,
surely, if we don’t give up,
one day we must be understood;
we don’t want to steal jobs,
we don’t want to control minds,
we don’t want to live in caves,
we only want to stay alive.


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