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Australian Haiku Collection

Haiku by Michael - The Rocks

Views - harbor-bridge-opera house
Expensive restaurant/ uneatable chicken  
Where is Pizza Hut?

Haiku by Thomas – Blue Mountains

The koala eats
Then sleeps 20 hours/day to digest
Well yes says the teen

Haiku by Julie Bramkamp – Bondi Beach - Christmas Day

I am so sandy
And I am so very cold
Help me up

Haiku by Andrew – Tour Bus

I am still and smooth
Unemotional response to crisis
I have no wrinkles

Inspiration:  The whole damn country

Bondi Beach warning Sign

Why Australia?  Well of course, why not? 

My grandmother died on Christmas Day the year before.  My mother who would deny having any feelings or panic or pretty much anything did declare that she couldn’t stand the thought of Christmas at home, where she was when her mother died.  What to do?

A family friend who for years made home wine with my husband, had enrolled in the enology department at University of Adelaide.  We decided to bring along the boys – seniors in high school, and spend two weeks over Christmas break ostensibly visiting our friend, but really to escape the holidays and drink more Shiraz than was good for us.  

The trip was a rousing success.  Australia is a wonderful country, populated with wonderful people who I believe speak English but their slang is so inventive and so prevalent, it was difficult to tell.  And there are a plethora of wonderfully unusual animals most of which are deadly. For teenage boys, fantastic.

  • We learned a lot about box jellyfish.
  • We learned a lot about flies.
  • We loved spending Christmas Day on Bondi Beach.
  • We loved every minute.

Thank you, Australia

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Catharine Bramkamp is a successful writing coach and author. She has published over 300 newspaper and magazine articles in publications like Modern Maturity (AARP), SF Chronicle and Santa Rosa Magazine. She was a contributor to two Chicken Soup Books and has published anthologies of her work, non-fiction works and novels. Her work has also appeared in a number of poetry and fiction anthologies. She has experimented with the self-publishing world since 2001. She has published and self-published seven books through companies like Author House, author assist companies like 3L Publishing and through traditional publishers like Write Life. Her poetry collection, Ammonia Sunrise, will be released in August 2011 by Finishing Line Press and her mystery novel, In Good Faith will be released by Write Life in 2011. Catharine holds a BA in English from UCSB and a MA in English from Sonoma State University. She is a 25 year member of California Writer’s Club. She is an adjunct professor for the University of Phoenix. She works with authors of both fiction and non-fiction to make their dream of producing a book come true. For more information on that, visit her at Catharine has lived in Sonoma County for 25 years and considers wine a food group. She is married to an adorable and very patient man who complains he’s never featured in any of her books. Her grown children who are featured in a few of her books have fled the county.

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