“Mountain Cottage” | Sydney Poet David Landgrebe

20 Nov

Dreams of a mountain cottage, a nostalgic painting cradled by blankets of tall pine guardians, deep in the Blue Mountains. Feathered and sleepy, it rests shimmering with loving memories.
Louvered rays of sunlight permeate its heart on lazy afternoons stretched out like weekend feet.
The wind weaves its dreamy throng, through poplar leaves, shaking boughs above their knees.
A Cobalt sky drowns unassumingly, behind the thick green forest wall.
The air wrings with life, lilac butterflies ascend their skies, spiraling like two snowflakes suspended in space.
Finches flick small sticks about, and fossick in the under growth, songbirds decant their swollen chests.
Sweet songs rise into the sky like runaway balloons.
As night drifts in, a whole new snug begins, rustling pages in the corner of the room beneath the smoky light, conducting needles made of wood, with looping wool at night.
You can hear a nocturnal orchestra, of Shakespearian frog’s bellowing in the dark.
The sloping metal roof shrugs and mellows, adjusting its vertebra at the turn of the day.
Waking owls dust their wings like sheets beneath the moonlit sky, the sky that illuminates the dreams we plan of love, and love of plans, of hideaways for artisans.


Posted by on November 20, 2011 in Poetry


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9 responses to ““Mountain Cottage” | Sydney Poet David Landgrebe

  1. Deborah

    November 20, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Hello πŸ™‚ That is beautiful πŸ™‚ and I love the sketch of the Leura house !! I will miss visiting that sexy little cottage xxx

  2. Nicole Landgrebe

    November 20, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    You are such a gorgeous, special person….. and still so very very clever…. Love you with all my heart. x PS: your drawing of our cottage is perfect and will be kept for may years to come….

  3. upinvermont

    November 21, 2011 at 2:18 am

    Hey David, wish I had a little bit of your artistic talent. I can draw well enough, but my drawings lack personality, but not yours.

    I’ve always had the wish for a small cabin and may bulid myself one before long – one room, wood floor, one desk, a book shelf, a mattress on the floor with one down comfort, and a little woodstove (which I already have). I’m a builder too, so I enjoyed checking out your craftsmanship over at balconescape.

    As to getting more readers, the best thing you can do is to what you’ve done. Comment at other blogs. If readers like your comments, they’ll want to see who you are and what you have to offer. Keep a blogroll. Link to other blogs you like. Not every blogger will reciprocate but, over time, good will matters. Pay attention to what search terms bring readers to your blog, then write for those search terms.

    When you’re presenting poetry on WordPress, there’s a good trick to know. If you use the combination “control-enter” at the end of each line, you’re poem won’t be double-spaced, and I think that will make them easier to read — less like a procession of haiku. πŸ™‚

    You can also change the font. For instance, the html below changes the size, the color, and the font itself. Use the greater/lesser-than signs around the command below and put it at the front of your post. Watch what happens:

    div style=”font-size:1.1em;color:#000000;font-family:Georgia;”

    Another trick with poetry in WordPress: If you need to indent one line (in a single-spaced poem) insert a dummy character like this –> Β· <– and change it's color to white or to the color of the blog's background. If you try to use WordPress's indent feature, it will indent the entire poem, rather than just the line.

    I'm telling you all this because, if you're in the trades like me (and have a builder's and artist's eye) you're going to want your site (and poetry) to look good.

    You write poetry with all the zest of a beginner. πŸ™‚

    It's full of lively and colorful similes and metaphor. Here's my challenge to you: Write a poem with only one or two adjectives, allow yourself only one use of the word “like”. As you know, the art of landscaping is not in “how many” or “how much” but in the well-chosen and well-placed few. Plants pressed too close together won’t flourish. The same goes for adjectives and imagery in poetry.

    As far as a sense of imagery goes, you have the poet’s eye. You just need to prune and bring the garden of your imagination under a little control.

    Also, have you ever heard of Emma Dalloway? I think she’s in your neck of the woods. Maybe.

  4. home, garden, life

    June 16, 2012 at 10:20 am

    What a fascinating man you are David. WOW!

  5. home, garden, life

    June 16, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Are there photos to see of your garden designs?

    • davidlandgrebe

      June 16, 2012 at 10:40 am

      Thats something I haven’t thought about, I am not very passionate about self promotion, but I will dig some up one day.
      David. L

      • home, garden, life

        June 17, 2012 at 6:15 am

        Not self promotion here, simply sharing ideas with other garden folks…

      • davidlandgrebe

        June 17, 2012 at 9:29 am



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