Fotoula Reynolds is a retired Education Support Aide. Born in Australia of Greek heritage she lives in the Dandenong Ranges in southern Australia. A writer of poetry, Fotoula finds her inspiration in the nature that surrounds her. Her writing journey began in 2016 and as a latecomer to the art, this means she has accumulated years of stories to tell and is now slowly unravelling them. She convenes a poetry group in her local community and regularly attends and participates in spoken word events in and around the city of Melbourne.
Fotoula has authored three previous poetry collections and is published widely in anthologies, journals, reviews and magazines and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2019. Her fourth book of poems titled ‘Kairos’ is due for release in late October 2022
Also by Fotoula Reynolds: *The sanctuary of my garden
*Along the Macadam Road
Sometimes life feels like The tiny artful twists of a bonsai Choreographing me to the places I am meant to be With full authority Rising, climbing the air Like the sunflower that I am Mysterious and becoming Dancing into destiny Feeling safe and hidden Behind a weeping willow’s Curtain-like branches, I’m moved To beyond all that I know Treading lightly on seeds That are September-gold I navigate a spider web thread And see the pattern within Emotion-weave into my soul On a path of unendingness My heart travels a landscape Through butterfly-eyes I breathe a clean language On the rotating weather wheel I am further than middle age I no longer follow a map and I trust the season of change
The “to-do” list
Look up to look at a stranger Run back to the home within Your heart Seek refuge, offer refuge Find the creative in you Be ready to grow with The next rainbow Write a love letter Put it in a poem/song Listen to a forest breathe Feed a wounded animal Cup a child’s face See their dreaming Feel the world ache Feel your soul break Feel the invisible air Finger-trace on a map Your next journey Look into the eyes of The elderly They hold our history Touch a river’s flow In all directions Eat luxuriously, share always Speak unapologetically of truth Laugh till you hear the music Dance right into your life Step into your identity Announce it in folklore Keep it alive, it is your duty Bless a garden under moonlight Become mesmerised by the Iridescent membrane of a Dragonfly’s wings Lay a Christmas beetle in the Palm of your hand Watch joy unfold