Call to Prayer

Jan Cornall
2 min readMay 2, 2022


by Catherine Briggs

Catherine Briggs, writing the mountain.

As the mountain looms high

a whipbird’s call

invites us to join

nature in prayer.

Trees turn their leaves,

spin a sun blessed circle,

grey, green, gold,

on scribbly gum, anaphora.

In the shade

light filters


and memories.

Mount Beerburrum

draws distant rainbows:

the fire of lorikeets’ red beaks,

green wings and yellow breasts.

During summer months

grass trees, banksias

and yellow peas

flower here.

While Mount Tunbubudia

hosts black cockatoos

feasting on casuarina trees.

All praise nature in prayer.

©Catherine Briggs 2022

Catherine Briggs (left) working with Hwa Rogers on a mapping exercise.

Catherine, a former librarian, English teacher and antique dealer,has recently published a poetry anthology, Looking Forward Looking Back,with another to follow. She is also writing a thriller set in London, Sicily and Hobart’s MONA, about four friends on an holiday jaunt who get caught up with the Sicilian Mafia.

Catherine attended our Easter Writer’s Retreat at Namgyalgar in the Glass House Mts, Queensland.

Jan Cornall leads international writers retreats and workshops. See pics here.

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Jan Cornall

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