26 September 2014

Being Known as Talented

Could people face life better by identifying valuable aspects of themselves that are yet to be expressed (without resorting to a drug or diversion of one kind or another)?

I sometimes wonder how often grief for lost, wasted or unrecognised talent is misdiagnosed as clinical depression. Talent is something we cannot choose for ourselves.  Nor can we expect our own talents to be perceived by others in the way we expect.

Discovering our talents requires the support of others.  If you want to make a name for yourself as someone talented, who are you hoping will find you? 

And are you really looking to be known as talented or as merely famous?

05 September 2014

Australians, Poms and Poems

Sometimes, I have been called a "Pom" by people who are not particularly well-educated or informed.  Nor did I arrive in Australia as a Ten Pound Pom.  I am not descended from convicts.  Nor have I have ever been a "Prisoner of Mother England".

The fact is no-one really knows how the term POM came to mean English or even British.   Even so, it has been a well-known expression for many years, as an article from 1929 reveals.

Yet to say that I am a "Pom" is more revealing of the person using the term, especially as an indication of their prejudices, ignorance and lack of courtesy.  I am just as much of an Australian as anyone born here. Why do I know this?  Because when I read poetry about an Australian landscape, I know that I am part of that landscape.  When I read poetry about an English landscape, it rarely evokes a feeling of home.