Author: Maryann (Page 1 of 28)

Maps, cut and paste, drawings, doodles, thoughts, exhortations, nakedness, global mutterings, Order of Jeannie Little. Dog. Buddy.

Morning Sunshine,

Darling, I was wondering if you could open that little sweet mouth of yours to talk about anything that might matter. Like say, Myanmar. 

Oh darling heart, I think I did and then you stuffed it up. Helm requires consistency. Isn’t that what you are about? All those yak balls putting energy up into that dynamic little mozak.

We were sort of counting on on you. 

Why? I am busy reading about your incredible largesse. My, that must some golden bagpipe we’re carting around.  Or is that a fleece. All these legends have me wondering how you will feed the people. 

We are in the middle of 

Oh darling, how did I ever guess? It must be terrible to be amongst all that importance and power. I know, why don’t you offer a few breadcrumbs to the ladies. I was thinking I’d like to bag 2 percent of the largesse. As in, bag and pipe. Mine. 


It is only fair darling! All those weapons and all that integration. BTW I’m to helm and support while I denounce the military junta that has a woman who was under house arrest but I on the other hand 

Get over it. 

Oh I was just being logical. Coherent. Dots and stuff. Foster the people.  

The nature of strength 

Oh lord! Don’t tell me. I’m about to get a lesson on warfare and resilience. Please don’t. I was so enjoying the day. 

Not everyone 

Oh for fuckssake. How’s the VEEP going? Are there new policy gems or am I to believe that this is it? 

Honeybee, if you advocate certain things

Anyway. What are you doing? Is any of this going to trickle down or is Truman here going to watch you piss this up the 

Funnily enough, we plan. 

Goodness me. Any original thoughts as in Original Thoughts or you going to rip off US seeding? The chicks and I were thinking of having this amazing original idea in the bathroom and boom! Become billionaires overnight. You’d love it. Like as in, an AFR piece. 

‘We’re just clean cut little girls with amazing ideas that wow, then get funded and wow, we just become billionaires’. Maybe they should go into nursing. I was thinking I house in Point Piper. Whaddya think? 

Kat, you are so pleasant. Especially in the morning. 

Honeybee, that’s because I wake up thinking ‘Gosh, should I watch the planes or fly the planes.’

Darling, that would involve application. As in intelligent application. 

Oh my little Empirical Golden Boy could you use that intelligent application to discuss Lyme’s or should I amuse myself with immune protocol? Knowing how much you like protocol. 

And you’d know that because you spend so much time with the human race. Just poring over their experience like a little caring nurturing 

Oh darling you know me so well. You really have tried but the thing is I am still wondering you know, ah, why is it that when important people speak it is important and when unimportant people

But darling! You are so special and very important. It is just that if you weigh in on important issues it is probably to front up and talk the talk baby heart 

Oh FuzzyWuzzy, quick question how is that possible if you are fighting the very same surveillance that you call out other large countries for and assume that it is a level playing field? Sweetie pie.

Well my considered angel, if you are going to say you’ll fight for the little people honeybee, you have to fight for them. Like as in, imagine you are in a large country and alone. 

Oh precious heart, the problem being that I am in control so how do I do control and work out how the flying fuck you managed

Ah Ah temper temper

To roll back democratic reforms? Do you not think that when I say them. I mean, like as in ‘this is what I said and you said I could have everything, like women in power and stuff’ Wild concept, baby. Wild. 

Oh possum, bless your little socks. But knowing as you do that the international template is in a constant state of flux and currently if you had paid attention 

Oh and being your current Everywoman, should I read the bastard tea leaves or listen in to some important conversations to find out

Darling, we’ve so enjoyed the blonde act but it is getting a little thin and how about you instead focus on where the pins are lying on the maps 

Oh that would be so informative. Should I bring my textas? Some stick it notes? 

How about a personality? Depending on which one you decide on while dressing 

Ha. Imagine having one. Don’t. It will hurt that pretty head. I’ve got one better. How about I sit in on the meetings, trundle some khaki with information and then make the decision? Facts do help with accurate planning. 

Ah isn’t that amazing. Actually in a democracy, we have all the facts at your fingertips. You can actually read. And then, work it out. 

Oh, that sounds so…….empowered. But I mean, in real life! Like, bless, here are the dots. Here. Make the decision. 

Darling, we have Marise for that and well, I’m not sure the attention span runs that far. A meeting could last, gosh, longer than a trip to the shops. 

Oh possum. I really do understand how people are drawn to your unreconstructed brilliance. It is so vaguely reassuring, however in the world of neon leather and skin tight strategy, I can’t say it will stay turned on. And you know how I need to do it for the kids.

Yes, a real rated G number. That’s my protected plucked from obscurity given the world little princess 

Oh it really has been hard for some in this country hasn’t it. Just oppressed men riding the streets. Bagging the gold and throwing around new energy policy like some altar boy on the lam 

You know. Big girls try. 

Oh I feel so…. morally fortified. I feel that indeed, I might be able to run the joint. 

Never too late to start. 12 years, why stop now? 

I really am so glad I came home. The skills I’ve picked up during this whole process. ‘Intuit complex geographical arrangements and apply’ I was thinking more, own a mine. Run a company. Talk to Gina. Swan about on world stage. 

And would you glide darling heart or dive into a puddle just to make sure your feathers had something to feed off 

The latter. Sort of like a gas plant or a platform out to sea. A wind turbine. Or an energy hub. We are Progress 101. 


Policy Princess, stick to amusing. It requires very little substance. 

Snuggle muffin, then sticking to you would be all I need to do. Daaaaarling heaaaart. By the way, have you thought about modelling for Braveheart? The Streets Lion has a paddle pop opening.

I’d drip over you but you wouldn’t get it. 

Don’t excite me. 

walks out 

Aunty As Atticus: and Scout.



Why do we die in custody? 

Oh because some people think everyone should live and be like them. And that’s a bad idea. 

How do you stop it? 

Oh you don’t arrest people for minor things or put them in a position where they have drunk alot and then lock them up. Depression hits after alcohol. Don’t ever make a decision oh never mind. 

Why do they get arrested? 

Well I don’t know. But rules can be arbitrary. Generally it should be last resort. You’re lucky you aren’t in the US.


They kill people in jail. Don’t ask. You don’t want to know. 

But why? 

Oh Jesus. Um, well because it is a bad idea. And if you are poor and black or white trash, you might have more of a chance of being locked up. And then, gonski. No kidding. For real.

Are you a progressive? 

In some things. 

Do you like black people more than white people? 

No. I like people to be equal. 

Except you. 

Oh that’s the reward for a big heart. My sister had a bigger heart. You get more responsibility. 

Is that true? 

We would like it to be true. It should be true. Generally, it is true. I think. 

Can you love everyone? 

Yes. You can. 

Will the death penalty be forever? 

Not if I am in charge. 

Can it change? 

There are changes. Young people come in. Ocasio that girl.. You know. 

If people die in custody, why doesn’t it stop? 

I am not sure. Alcohol. Depression. I don’t know. I am not with them darling. 

Why not?

Because I am a white person up my own arsehole with self importance. 

(looks concerned) 

Sorry. I mean… because I chose something else. Bigger. 



Nothing what? 


Do you think we need a treaty? 

Oh darling. I think that is for you to determine. sighs But yes. To not recognise you is… mean. It is mean. It is changing. People like you are changing it. 

Will it be forever? 

laughs Yes. Forever. Yes. Although some African independence movements


Nothing. Let’s get a slice of gluten free nut cake shall we? Sure to whet the appetite. I really desire a gluten free nut cake. Just salivating thinking about it. 


You can’t seriously want to Olive Cotton me 

Now we didn’t say that 

I have faith in Mikey’s ability to protect us from anything malign. He is a great Australian! He is able to see the broad brushwork, the sweep, the canvas of life that requires only the very best from our typists 

Ease up

Little squirrels bunkering down to out squirrel the other little squirrels 

I said, ease up 

The pattern, the intricacies of the embroidered policy woven through a Canberra suburb like galahs nestling down to peck on the green slanted foliage of the orange blossom squaaak squaaak sqwuaak


Darwin! Ballarat! Bendigo! Squaaak Squaak Squaakkk. Oh but darling, it is all about timing! I mean, let’s cancel a Belt and Road initiative when the coin has already hit the pocket, dangling like a little friend inside the investment trust, anyone care for a REIT?  

Helm. Helm. 

Care for a REIT? I mean this is great stuff! Where did he get it from? Where do these little nuggets rush forth? Sitting in a restaurant, little wattle icecream with a Viongier? 

You don’t have wattle icecream with 

reaching forward touching his hair

This is the stuff of legends! Coal, hydrogen and complete protection from all malign electronic activity care of the information age care of the Tofflers care of the cables care of the satellites care of the incredibly sophisticated over the horizon, over the Katharine, over the patrol boat, over the Cocos, over the 

We got it 

Now this my darling, is our Australia. You see, Mikey just makes me feel warm and cozy at night. A little crocheted patchwork of informational cyber garrisons. All fortifying the nation with upright cause and beautiful behaviour. 

You know I think you’d be wonderful at Defence PR

I won’t need a Max, I won’t need a beach


Cotton me.


Julian! Julian! Help me! Quick! 


I am Evelyn Waugh 

Grasping onto 

The glorious historical 


All romance and whimsy 

Shaking it for all might 

To savour 

In case 

It don’ come back at all 


Brown pale thrust 

Upright brushes and galing winds 

Clouds forming overhead 

Shades of the green 

Nursing slats 

Light on the 



Salt caked flaxed 

Strawberry blonde 

Against a blue metal frame 






And legs up 

Against the post 

Doin’ nuthin’ 

But watching the sky 

Move against 

Busted ground 



Makin’ up me own 


That may not have 

Existed at all 

Holding on 

Gathering the material 

That makes it 

Back whole 


It was like that with her 


Seeing the magic 

Where maybe 

There was none 


Not realising 

That when she was gone 

So too was that


The sense we were 


In some way 


Now I keep 

Trying to grab something 

Case it’s gone 



Waugh like 


I’ll wrap something around it

Caress the unknown 

And make it 



Throw it into the light

And make them 



Bet they 

Could tell you 

Just how they looked 

When it happened 

All at once 

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