Summer Sun: Tuesday’s of Texture


© irene waters 2018


© irene waters 2018


© irene waters 2018


© irene waters 2018


© irene waters 2018

I escape to pool or sea

Air con helps when coolness I can’t find

As the heat from the Aussie sun

Beats down, mercilessly, unrelenting

I avoid sunburn

Where my skin cracks and peels.



Stuck in place 

perspire heat.

Skin cracks and peels

Layer after layer

Until bare they stand

Stripped as far as they can go

Both human and tree

Look forward to winter

When again coats can be worn.

For Tuesdays of Texture.


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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3 Responses to Summer Sun: Tuesday’s of Texture

  1. Nice photos of the textures of the tree. Is it a eucalyptus tree. There are many spices of the eucalyptus tree in Australia.

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