Does the theme of disconnection speak to you? Some of my poetry is very bleak – but it speaks my truth.

Out of Phase

It’s not my territory
And I feel the outer circle
The edge between the in and out.

I sit,

while inner-tension builds

I’m strangely out of phase,

Distortion-pedalled, yet
disconnected to the energy
that flows, and fills the room
with sound.

I slowly fade into the in-between
I take the space
Beyond the in. I’m out

I find
– the nowhere land
where isolation rules –

and think of nothing

but where to put
my hands
and look
my eyes

and how to be
so still
no air

The outer circle,
The nowhere land

The edge alone

Copyright Jean Law   1990-2017


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I am a 72 year old grandmother of 9, mother of 3, and happily married for almost 52 years. I was born in Sydney NSW, spent my first 43 years living there, but moved with our family to Tasmania in the mid 1980s seeking to leave behind Sydney's increasing madness. Following our usual gypsy pattern, we travelled around the state for some years, living in the North-West, the Midlands, the Central North, before finally settling well and truly in the beautiful Derwent Valley at Black Hills. It took just under 20 years of discovering Tasmania for us to finally came "home". I now live under wide skies with glorious views of the countryside, the hills and valleys of the Upper Derwent, approximately 50 minutes drive from Hobart and 20 minutes west of New Norfolk. Our home is high on an escarpment looking out to Mount Field, and as the photo shows, often wrapped in mist and floating on cloud lake. Writing poetry is my passion. It expresses my life, the ups and downs, the sadness and joys, the beauty and the ugliness in which we are all immersed. It is in my poetry that you will find ‘me’. In my writing I travel through the stages of a long life, all its highs and lows, its fun and frustration. Recently I new turn - I've resumed student life by enrolling in my MA (Writing and Literature) at Deakin University. Just as important, if not more so, I write and rewrite so that my poetry can reach out and touch as many lives as possible.

4 thoughts on “Does the theme of disconnection speak to you? Some of my poetry is very bleak – but it speaks my truth.”

  1. Disconnection… absence… it really sounds and is familiar to me!
    LOved this one, too!
    But … it’s ALSO your territory… I think it is. As it is mine.
    Maybe a way our mind has found out to rest for a while… to isolate itself for a while… to hide from the body and play ‘hide and seek’ with the outer world, sort of floating…
    Maybe another “dimension” we can be in, for seconds, minutes, without being aware of it… and then being aware of, when others “awake” us for the first time…
    Maybe even a “state of grace”. The “in-between” territory. The ‘nowhere land’ belongs no one, but our “absent mind”. And somehow it’s just peaceful and perfect. “Starring at the vacuum”. Lovely!

    Really LOVE your poetry.


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