Highlight Highs don’t last as the days slip by

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CaptureMy Featured Blogger this week is Kate Duff of A Thousand Bits of Paper. Kate is a poet, writer, and published author who lives in Australia. About her writing, she says it’s “a ‘song line’ or ‘dreaming track,’ a path across the land or the sky, according to the aboriginal people of Australia.” Her blog is her song line, her dreaming track “which follows (her) through life.”

Kate’s song line flows from the lyrical to the pragmatic to the abstract. But whatever form it takes, it always speaks to us,

Always reminds us of our own dreaming tracks.

I was consuming unwisely


To eat a life that I couldn’t have

But I wanted so bad

I didn’t realise in my search for a highlight high

True meaning doesn’t come in the form of highlights

Only epiphanies

And it can’t be eaten like that hot cross bun

A piece of chocolate

Or an entire dinner

For one

It comes in moments

Where the dogs hum across the paddocks chasing each other

The plate

Slippery and warm as it slips through your fingers

Stack it to dry

Picked flowers from the garden

And watching the storms dance across the horizon

All I needed was home

Not the house surrounding me

But the house where my spirit awaits

Every second

Until I ask

“Will you come play with me?”

And we walk together

Muddy boots and dam swims

Laughing as the dogs join in

And the rain begins again softly

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Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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10 Responses to Highlight Highs don’t last as the days slip by

  1. Great post! I enjoy Kate’s work immensely. She often packs a massive punch in just a few lines!

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  2. gifted50 says:

    Beautifully written.

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  3. The same applies to underwater life.💦

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  4. Thank you for sharing this, it’s beautiful! Can I ask what should one do to be a featured blogger/poet on your blog?

    Thank you so much. Kindest regards, Gregoria

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    • mitchteemley says:

      Hi Gregoria. It’s a pretty subjective process. I only do one Features Blogger a week (currently at least), and try to mix things up, avoiding repetition in gender or nationality. But I also sometimes choose someone because of the current relevance of a particular post they’ve written. I don’t seek out guest blogs, but did publish one recently. I could see how it might work as a pandemic-related piece and had her rewrite it accordingly.

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  5. I love the soulful imagery and wisdom!

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