Gemma Wiseman's poetry - beyond the cartoon

Thursday, December 25, 2014

birds passing on the secrets...

Birds passing on the secrets of the universe to sleeping baby. Michael Leunig
Michael Leunig (1995)

sleeping baby holds the key to the universe

teenager holds the key
he thinks
she feels

man seeks the door
woman seeks the garden

old man and old woman
some birds
beyond a door
in a garden

Friday, December 5, 2014

remembering nelson mandela...

RIP Nelson Mandela
RIP Nelson Mandela - Marian Kamensky
Kamensky was born in Slovakia but now lives in Austria
- VJM'S Cartoon Movement

no bars
no dry earth
can deny a flower

Monday, December 1, 2014

how to get there...

Michael Leunig

go to the end of your path
until you get to your gate

go through your gate

and head towards

your horizon

Sunday, November 16, 2014

we must make do with scraps...


we must make do with scraps

 flakes of sunshine in the rain

shreds of freedom in the sea breeze

crumbs of wisdom in knowledge

Saturday, November 1, 2014

on the fence post...

Michael Leunig

the old happiness gauge
does not weather with the seasons

it has even been known to glow
in thunderstorms

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

let it go...

Michael Leunig

let it be
let it be
let it all be weathered

set me free
and I can be

a soul untethered

Monday, September 1, 2014

feed the inner duck...

Michael Leunig - Inner Duck
Michael Leunig

feed the inner duck
not with promises
and luck

and in the molting season 
know the melancholic soul
is just a passing reason for
a brave new role

Friday, August 1, 2014

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

what are you doing...

Michael Leunig

what are you thinking

I'm thinking that my sky is
so much bigger than me

what are you feeling

I'm feeling that my sky 
keeps me safe

and loves me

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Sunday, June 1, 2014

mr curly comes home...

Michael Leunig

there was a curly man and he rode a curly bike
he found some curly land on one curly hike
he wed a curly wife who helped him not to roam
and they all lived together in a little curly home

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

the deficit...

Michael Leunig

that's his rock
his tree
his flower

that's his thread

his song

his star

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

mr curly spies on himself...

Michael Leunig

the inner sanctum
has many doors and

it helps to have 
many keys

and good walking shoes

Tuesday, February 4, 2014


Exhibition at LSE: of a series of cartoons, provided by the VJ Movement (VJM) in Amsterdam
Peacebuilding by Giacomo Cardelli from Italy.
Working together to build a peaceful future, 13 February 2011
- VJM''S Cartoon Movement

the outline is there


to fit

Monday, February 3, 2014

I had a strange and happy thought...

Michael Leunig

Hold my hand and walk with me
You are my light
Happy thought believe in me
And give me sight

Saturday, February 1, 2014

welcome to curly flat...

Michael Leunig

to curly flat

a green community

a community of fresh air

welcome to
 curly flat

Sunday, January 26, 2014

I want to go to curly beach...

Michael Leunig

sometimes I go to curly beach
and walk the winter sands
and feel the whistling winter winds
of those who'd chill me

but I'll take my little curly shell
and keep it to my ear
so when I feel the distant warmth
the gentle summer distant warmth
I'll know my world is clear

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Two Sides of Africa

It seems ironic that Damien Glez's cartoon image of a gold FIFA soccer cup
appeared in the shape of South Africa in 2010.
South Africa was the first African nation to host the final of the FIFA cup.
It was also the first time that the host nation was eliminated in the first round.
Glez is from Burkina Faso (until 1984 - Republic of Upper Volta) in West Africa.

Cartoon: africa (medium) by Medi Belortaja tagged leaves,leaf,africa,drying,poor,poverty,hunger,hungry
But Medi Belortaja - August 26 2011
produced this image of Africa -
symbolising poverty and hunger.
His view was from Tirana, Albania.

Le cartoon
However Glez did produce this cartoon as well.

fevered words
the hungry worlds
for a little while

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Father... why do we follow...


why does mother follow
her same track every day
a track 
over hills
and across valleys
with no apparent meaning
except giving her milk
to those along  the way

why so carefully father

ending with us at the end of the day

so why
do you need
to ask

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

here is the news...

Illustration: Michael Leunig.
Michael Leunig

here is the news

the day is blessed with
earth and sky and
colour and

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Afrika Music Store

A music shop showing Africa's greatest hits by Tayo Fatunla
Nigerian cartoonist Tayo Fatunla, saw 2008 riddled with recurring headlines in Africa's news charts

sometimes the greatest hits
the greatest misses

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Sunday, January 5, 2014

we come in peace...

Exhibition at LSE: of a series of cartoons, provided by the VJ Movement (VJM) in Amsterdam
We Come in Peace by Fabio Magnasciutti from Italy.
Peace can be uncertain and ambiguous, 30 Oct 2011.
- VJM's Cartoon Movement

peace fighters
are not
peace keepers

the ark and the dove
may live as
icons of hope in


a wooden dove
can only promise
wooden peace

remember Troy

Friday, January 3, 2014

The Mandela Era

Jonathan Shapiro

some sunsets are
more than 
a tension of colour

they are 
the peace of

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Motoring News

Michael Leunig

when the melancholy shadows weep
and sleep eludes my soul
then I pedal to the nearest field
and reach for my stars

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

down I lay in a boat on the bay...

Michael Leunig

As I lie in a boat on the bay
And I'm carried far far away
May the cloth of new dreams
Find no use for seams
As they tackle my brand new day

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