Stephen House has won many awards and nominations as a poet, playwright and actor, including two Awgie Awards from The Australian Writer’s Guild, Rhonda Jancovic Poetry Award for Social Justice, and The Goolwa Poetry Cup, and nominations including, a Greenroom Best Actor Award, Tom Collins Poetry Prize, Patrick White Playwright Award and Queensland Premier’s Drama Award. He’s received several international literature residencies from The Australia Council for the Arts and an Asia-link India residency. His chapbook “real and unreal” was published by ICOE Press. His next book is out soon. He performs his acclaimed monologues widely.
built to offer
wherever i stop my wandering to stay for a stint in another place be it new room or share house caravan park or tent site or in the bush alone away from others whatever country i’m currently in i create a sort of shrine or altar outside my inside sleeping spot during morning walks and swims i collect rocks and stones and shells driftwood and dry sticks and bits and pieces of natural materials washed up or fallen to ground as long as they’re not living for i won’t ever kill and i add the treasures to a pile over a week or so until i know somehow the piece is complete standing approximately half the height of me from then on whether for weeks or months i worship what i call the Supreme energy ultimate destroyer of illusion all that is and was and will always be what remains when all else has vanished that within everyone and everything creator of the environmental elements through the deity object built to offer thanks people have watched my constructions form over many years in countless places some with curiosity or displeasure others with interest and delight and i’ve been questioned and accused by sceptics and atheists arguing its existence but also i’ve seen others place offerings of incense and flowers as i do each dawn i’m not religious or of any one faith and many observers have asked of my practise it is the collection of materials found with love placed with care and upmost respect to somehow represent nature and the gift it is the wonder of each breath and glimpse and this is my decades approach to worshipping the Supreme energy through a created configuration
Yoga (at sixty-two)
dawn calling all-weather in nature awaking day harmony rising respecting environment moment time follow outside trees surrounding sip hot tea warm cold natural gratitude beauty birds singing chirp gabble bell chiming horizon reflection gift glimmer union element living joy morning share incense begin always practise in devotion pray thankful Supreme being known truth ritual spontaneous stretch slow morning limber tight body extremity gentle moving free loosen warm up once by choice now need older descending care body as given method cautious essential sun risen mat lay down hard grounding foundation remind born to expire return in time grant by source sun salutations repeating gratitude be each sequence asana awareness change day as revolving as seasons drift sliding appreciation life presence adjusting of slowing grow acceptance self-being pranayama different cycle control inhale exhale essential span force vary years sameness wander physical less complex albeit meditation extended reflect age soul-dwell calm mine Yoga (at sixty-two) learned wisdom of voyage known ego departing mind body relaxing divine one-ness in conscious