Monday, May 11, 2015

At the Market in Katoomba (Australia)--By Isha Wagner--New Zealand

At the Market in Katoomba (Australia)

Sausages on sizzle with bread surrounds

Man busking his lonely songs
Catching the air as an odd coin
drops to his melancholy way

A white-haired man gobbles at a pie
the sauce drips down his dirty shirt

A pretty woman argues loudly with
an older man while her child cries

A mean-faced girl sells old clothes
calling to passers-by to buy

A woman such as me
watches the absurdity

Should I weep
Should I laugh
No. It's the Buddha's half-smile today.

Isha Wagner is a New Zealand poet. She has resided in many countries including Iceland, Libya, India, and Australia.  She read some of her work at the VIII International Poetry Festival held in Granada, Nicaragua, in February 2012. She has had three collections of poetry published.


  1. I really enjoyed this piece Isha, some great images, thanks for sharing!

  2. Yes, I, too, enjoyed! Thank you! Sheri

  3. Nice poetic story, Isha. You have great poetic depth. I enjoyed this. Thank you for sharing and continued blessings!

    -MJ (

  4. Loving these pictures from life's other side, Isha.

  5. Wonderful imagery and such a good description of the scene and how different people react to it. Robert

  6. You have brought a smile to my face with this awesome piece. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  7. Hi Isha:
    I enjoyed your descriptions. I could smell the aromas and feel the carnival atmosphere. Thanks for sharing this moment.