Order: Weekly Photo Challenge

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© irene waters 2017

Laid out in rows,

spiralling in towards the centre

In order and orderly

spoons, chillies, forks, chillies, knives and chillies

A pattern we do see



© irene waters 2017

Not quite as neat

but orderly just the same

thousands stand in line each day

to view the remains of Ho Chi Minh

who kept order in his land until his death

well- respected and well-loved.


© irene waters 2017

A competition number

gives an order as it crosses the line

Perhaps a first, a second or third

to number 58, please its mine.

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© irene waters 2017

In the animal kingdom

biologically speaking an order of animals is given when classifying

The order dinosaur differs just that bit from the coelusrosauria although

the kingdom and the Phylum are the same.


© irene waters 2017

When operating technical machinery

It helps to know in what order to hit the buttons, pull the stops and work the pedals.

Thank god I thought

It is not me that has to fly this jumbo jet.


© irene waters 2017


Quiet order. Peace prevails.

The books are in order and easily found

The desks are ordered

and those that sit and read are also well ordered obeying the order

Silence please.


© irene waters 2017

For those not so easily controlled

The tourist police are tough.

With truncheons raised they will react

Lack of order will not be tolerated

So obey orders, stay on paths

Take no relics from the site

And you will find you are fairly safe.


© irene waters 2017

And in a well ordered world

Some have to live in chaos

but few perhaps are as cluttered

As Margaret Olley,

Australian artist well known for her art and her total disorder.

In response to the Weekly Photo Challenge

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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12 Responses to Order: Weekly Photo Challenge

  1. I really like the silverware in a pattern. Nice. Cheers

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  2. Great series of photos! I particularly liked the cutlery/chillies spiral and the one of the library…

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  4. Great photos, all, but I especially love the library. Our local library has turned into computer stations labeled with “Quite” signs, and no-rent tables for after school tutors to work with kids. The books? The few remaining on the shelves are dirty and torn, the titles I want rarely to be found. New books can be rented – might as well buy them. But then why worry about books when there are so many other ways to distract oneself, like playing video games, texting, watching TV, gambling at casinos, shopping for stuff we don’t need, and buying lottery tickets.

    Oops, off on a rant again. I’d love to sit in your beautiful library, perusing books all day.

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    • Your library sounds like my local library but at least we still have books to borrow and they are good because if we don’t have the book ourselves they will source it from somewhere within Australia free of charge. The noise in the local library gets me though. It is no longer a place of calm, a place you can escape to. Like yours, there is so much going on. The state library however is what I consider a library should be. The only excitement is from inside when you discover something in a book that thrills you.

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  5. Tina Schell says:

    Loved your opening capture – where on earth did you find it?!?!

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    • Yes it’s great. I found it in the Brisbane gallery of modern art. For installation artists it must be heart wrenching to spend hours lining each chilli up the correct way and getting the spiral just right (or whatever their installation involves) only to have to destroy it when the exhibition closes.

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