CHRISTINE M. KNIGHT

An Australian author who provides insight into the human condition.

Poetry

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Minus the Higher Power

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Emptiness consumes ...
Its hunger sated briefly
With the ch-ching of purchase:
High-end luxury goods
That break the budget;
Low-end 'buys' that
Saturate life.
Narcissism thrives as
The hollow ones
Wallow in the shallows:
The perpetual pursuit of possessions,
The attention that owning brings. 
It sees self reflected in
What has been acquired
But is blind to
Engorged being.
Emptiness:
A lightless void ...
The soul's deficit. 

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Lyrics composed for music video LIFE SONG (A VISION SPLENDID)

Monday, December 16, 2013

The lyrics below are for the music video. The song is available form CD Baby and iTunes

An Australian, Christine M Knight uses the British spelling and grammar system.

SPOKEN
For years, I worked from nine to five,
Lived life and made my choices blind.          
Friends say: life's got possibility,                
But my life's on hold; it's stationary.             
I know about struggle and groundhog days.
I need to move on to a different phase.     
I’ll make the most of my life (I've been given)
And not let others cloud my vision.

CHORUS (SUNG)
If your life was a song, what would the music be?   
Would the bass drown out the melody?
Would it be an original score
Or a cover of a song heard before?
Whatever turns out to be,
Live it, own it, boldly.

I'm going to write my life song.
I'm going to own the beat.
The lyrics will be of my choosing,
And the sound unique.

SPOKEN

Life without passion can be a daily drudge.
By passion, I don't mean lust; that's not love.
Passion is the joy that gets you through the day.           
It lets you savour each moment and keep stress at bay.
Passion is the spice that gives life all its flavour.    
When times get tough, passion makes you a stayer.  
Passion gives you insights others call epiphany;
You are not bound by limitations but what you dream life can be.

CHORUS (SUNG)
If your life was a song, what would the music be?   
Would the bass drown out the melody?
Would it be an original score
Or a cover of a song heard before?
Whatever turns out to be ...
Whatever turns out to be ...
Whatever turns out to be,
Live it, own it, boldly.

I'm going to write my life song.
I'm going to own the beat.
The lyrics will be of my choosing,
And the sound unique.
I'm going to write my life song.
(write my life song)
I'm going to own the beat.
(own the beat)
The lyrics will be of my choosing,
And the sound unique.

© Christine M Knight 2013

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

A Working Mother

Saturday, November 16, 2013

With her eye on the evening clock
And thirty minutes until dinner time,
She paused to survey the home scene:
Kettle refilled and switched on;
Kids doing homework;
Washing under way in the laundry;
Meat under the grill and vegetables in the microwave;
Table still to be set;
Life’s daily litter covering the living area, again. 

The close of the front door and her husband’s call
Ended her momentary stillness.
He shucked off his workday dress as he entered.
A tie here,
A suit coat there, 
His briefcase where they had agreed it would not go.
They had time for a peck,
The ritual, “How was your day?”
And a routine exchange over a cuppa
Before he retreated to the bedroom,
Their haven,
(A place where the memory of passion lingered like perfume).
Safe in the ensuite,
A no-go for children
(Smell overcame their need to invade his privacy),
He took the time to mentally debrief from his workday.
She had no such time;
It was always full-on
From the second she picked up the kids from after-school care. 

Her evening with his help passed as usual:
Kids fed, bathed, TV, a story read before bed;
Table cleared, dishwasher stacked, the house restored;
Washing sorted, folded, and the next day’s clothing ordered;
An hour of companionable silence in front of the telly;
Before the night ended in petered out passion. 

Mornings were about getting away:
The kids kept calm and on course for the school day;
Her husband, already focused on work, 
Mindful that he had to get the kids into his car and keep them there;
An airbrush kiss to her in a rush. 

Left alone to dress, she did so in a blink
(Long gone were the days
When she lost touch with time in the shower
Or took hours over her appearance). 

A two car family now,
She was grateful
For the time a second car had bought.
She did her makeup whenever the traffic stopped at the lights,
Applied her lipstick in the parking lot,
And then…
Her workday began.

© Christine M Knight

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Life Song (A Vision Splendid)

Thursday, July 25, 2013

SPOKEN:
For years, I worked from nine to five,   
Lived life and made my choices blind.      
Friends say: life's got possibility,               
But mine's on hold; it's stationary.            
I know about struggle and groundhog days.
I'm ready to move on to a different phase.    
I'll make the most of the life I'm given 
And not let others cloud my vision.     

SUNG:
If your life was a song, what would the music be?   
Would the bass drown out the melody?
Would it be an original score
Or a cover of a song heard before?
Whatever it turns out to be,
Live it, own it, boldly.

I'm going to write my life song.
I'm going to own its beat.
The lyrics will be of my choosing,
And the sound unique. 

SPOKEN:
Life without a passion can be a daily drudge.                   
By passion, I don't mean lust that's not a form of love. 
Passion is the joy that gets you through the day.           
It lets you savour each moment and keep stress at bay. 
Passion is the spice that gives life all its flavour.              
When times get tough, passion makes you a stayer.       
Passion gives you insights others call epiphany;               
You are not bound by limitations but what you dream life can be.

SUNG:
If your life was a song, what would the music be?  
Would the bass notes drown out the melody?
Would it be an original score
Or a cover of a song heard before?
Whatever it turns out to be,
Live it, own it, boldly.

I'm going to write my life song.
I'm going to own its beat.
The lyrics will be of my choosing,
And the sound unique. 

SPOKEN:
Key changes, chord progression, applause, encore.
Break beat, harmony, discord, off beat.
Interpretation, orchestration, syncopation, up beat.
Acapella, R&B, Rap, Rock, a suite.
Whatever you choose your life song to  be,
Live it, own it, proudly. 

©Christine M Knight

Note: In my second novel, 'Life Song', Mavis Mills assumes the professional name of Nikki Mills.  This poem is the basis of a song to be used in marketing  'Life Song' and posted on YouTube and Vimeo close to the novel's launch. 

The release date for the novel 'Life Song' was 14th October 2013.  

See the final version of the song produced as a music video on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/dEioHGbnWiA

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

The Changing Tide

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Pelicans hold their place on the changing tide
Indifferent apparently to its rise and fall.
In foul weather, they find refuge
Inland on the river
In the plump warmth of the colony.
Sheltered from nature’s assault,
They endure,
Finding solace in the quiet chorus of breath.
There is a lesson to be learnt from them.

©Christine M Knight


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Monday, April 22, 2013

Stepping Back

Monday, April 22, 2013

Life:
Strands of colour,
Separate yet interwoven.
Each hue
Influences the weaving,
Defines the other.
A complex tapestry:
Indiscernible when close;
Recognisable only at a distance.

© Christine M Knight

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Fair Winds and Following Seas

Monday, April 22, 2013

Do not stay anchored in the blinding night.
Unload the cargo that brought you to this dock.
Get out the maps and chart your course.
Cast off the tethers that hold you fast;
They have served their purpose
But now it's time to depart this dark harbour.
Weigh anchor before the dawning light.
Do not delay for fear the tide won't turn;
It will as sure as night fades into day.
Steer your ship with hope towards calmer seas
Although they are beyond the horizon.
Celestial markers will indicate the way.
Take heart that other tempest-docked travellers
Have lived to tell tales of better days.
© Christine M Knight

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Monday, April 22, 2013

German Mark

Monday, April 22, 2013

In clumps, they make a stand at Bonn station -
Eastern Goths of the modern day:
Bodies pierced,
Hair recut in the style of the barbarian,
Drab dark dress,
Colourless lives.
Separated from the affluent world that surrounds them
By an alcohol induced fog and a haze of tobacco and drugs,
The Goths, in solidarity, stamp against the cold and fading light.
Their graffitied environment,
Outmoded marks,
Record the impulse to imprint
That they were ...
An unaddressed wound in a wary West.

©Christine M Knight

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Seasoned

Monday, April 22, 2013

Growing up in Australia,
I saw, but didn't 'see', the seasonal changes,
The effects of temperature and light,
The landscape palette:
Summer's orange wash,
Winter's mauve hues.
I gave little thought to
Bird life feeding one day
Then disappearing the next
Before the skeletal starkness,
The muted cold of winter.
I responded reflexively to the thaw,
Welcoming daylight's edge toward Spring.
I heard birds return with a song and a screech,
Signaling the seasonal shift.
The warbling, glottal throaty harmonies of currawongs,
The antiphony undersong of dawn,
The variegated native grasses,
The masses of wildflowers decorating roadside and grassland
Were the unrealized backdrop to my life.
Living in San Antonio, Texas,
Seasons assumed new meaning.
From Spring to Fall
As daylight lingered,
Faded,
Skeins of bats unfurled,
In the unyielding darkness of caves,
Responding to a pre-programmed call.
In twilight, they emerged,
In whorls,
Flying overhead,
Wave after wave,
Devouring in a frenzy the insect horde,
The sky a flickering canvas of bat shadows and twilight.
In Autumn,
Monarch butterflies migrated,
 In a light flurry of stained-glass wing,
     Southward,
      Sensing their way to roosting havens
         Before the freeze of winter.
            In Spring
           Flocks of birds,
        Over two miles long,
      Peppered the sky,
   Surged on the pulse of air currents,
 Northward bound,
Fireworks bursts of black against the brilliant sky.

Life:
Goings and comings,
Ebb and flow,
The dying and blossoming of nature,
Dark moments when all seems lost,
Light days as hope returns.
Dark lines, shades, and shadows
In Life's landscape,
Do more than focus the eye,
They define the scene and seen.
©Christine M Knight

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Monday, April 22, 2013

The Chatter of the Loom

Monday, April 22, 2013

Saccharine sweet ladies
-insincere smiles, dulcet tones, iced innuendo,
weave their destruction
from teacup disturbances.
Truth warps
as the shuttle threads interpretation ...
lives unravel as the fabric grows.
The distaff,
suited in respectability,
disrespect non-weavers.
The ladies,
arbiters in the culture of the covert,
savour power
through the chatter of the loom.

©Christine M Knight

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      Wednesday, October 10, 2018

      Reflection on 'In and Out of Step'

      Wednesday, October 10, 2018

      Set between 1988-1990, In and Out of Step’s thesis picks-up on a period of significant change in Australian social and cultural history which mirror the wider western world. The novel reflects the popular perceptions of the era and explores reaction to changing roles and values, the relationship between generations, gender dynamics, and power in society through contrasting character perspectives.  

      The novel charts Cassie Sleight's (rhymes with slate) and her generation’s journeys in new and uncharted territory in their relationships: personal, social, and work after the second wave of the women’s movement.

      Life forces the women in my novels to reassess what they are doing, how they are doing it, and to evaluate who they are and want to be.

      Through Cassie’s experiences, the reader is entertained and provoked to consider the perceptions held and dualities of women’s roles in western society. That may suggest that this is a non-fiction work masquerading as fiction. However, this aspect is firmly set in the external world of the story and Cassie’s experiences.

      In and Out of Step explores:

      • how identity and relationships are shaped by the way gender operates and gender differences
      • how place—geography, attitudes, values, and culture—shape people’s lives and actions
      • the culture that supports and promotes sexual harassment in the workforce and social spheres
      • changing perceptions of gender roles
      • adapting to change in oneself and the wider world
      • the personal, social, and workplace influences that contribute to change.

      My novelsIn and Out of Step, Life Song, Song Bird portray the diverse and changing realities of women in the time the novels are set: 1980-1990, 1996-1998, 2000-2002.  The stories are anchored in the social and historical context of each period.

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      Saturday, August 12, 2017

      Life Song - a story of metamorphosis

      Saturday, August 12, 2017

      Twenty-two-year-old Mavis Mills first appears in my novel In and Out of Step. Outgoing, gregarious, and confident, Mavis is a significant secondary character in that novel.  Mavis' story - a subplot - is used to provide contrast to and insight into Cassie Sleight's (the central character) journey. 

      At one point in the novel, effervescent Mavis is severely injured – physically, emotionally, and psychologically - by domestic violence and the fire of her partner’s rage. He also destroys her guitar and the copies of her original songs. Part of  the subplot from In and Out of Step explores the context of the domestic violence and provides insight into the psychology of it. Excuses are not made.

      At the start of Life Song, Mavis is twenty-eight-years-old and very different from the young woman who shone throughout most of In and Out of Step. She is the central character in Life Song. She has become subdued, distrustful of her own judgement, and an echo of her former self. Unexpectedly, she discovers she has a choice: continue to live a life tainted by domestic violence or seize the opportunity before her and try to rise above her circumstance and, like the phoenix bird, leave the ashes of her past life behind.

      'Could she live the rest of her life as she'd been living. She couldn't, not now she'd glimpsed another world, fleeting though that vision had been.'

      Life Song is not a cliche 'chic musician on the road' story and is definitely not a romance. It is about the woman Mavis becomes and the people who stand by her as she undergoes transformation – physical, psychological, and to an extent spiritual. She does not solve her problems in the arms of a man but makes the hard choices herself.

      The drama comes from the tugs-of-war that Mavis has to work though. It is made all the harder because Mavis' heart is in conflict with itself. One person, no matter how strong, cannot win a tug-of-war alone. The same applies to Mavis.

      Readers learn about the things that give Mavis strength and that enable her to boldly embrace the inevitable changes coming into her life as she becomes Nikki Mills, the Song Bird from Oz.

      I recommend you listen to two songs from that novel: Sunshine Days and Life Song (A Vision Splendid) to get a feel for this story.

      There are many kinds of wins in life, most of them personal rather than widely acclaimed. It's those personal 'brave heart' moments that define Mavis. Reader feedback through my publisher and website is that Life Song is a gratifying read.

      As part of your journey in reading this blog,  I suggest you listen to Move On.  In my imagination, it is first sung by Mavis' support network, but ultimately the song becomes her personal mantra.

      Australia is a diverse landscape and has diverse communities. Life Song gives readers an opportunity to spend time in some of those communities. The title alludes to the fact that each character's life has its own melody and when sung in concert become the symphony that is Life Song

      Notes:

      Life Song is one of four novels in The Keimera Series. Each novel is a standalone narrative and has the backstory woven into it.  The Keimera Series is an opus.

      Keimera does not in any way allude to chimeraa monstrous fire-breathing hybrid creature from Greek mythology.

      If you would like to lend me your support so that I can produce more music from my novels, you can buy any of my songs from CD Baby.  Each of my songs can be purchased for the very small price of $1.69. My music is also on iTunes and other major online music sellers as well.



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      Sunday, June 25, 2017

      The story behind my song 'The Flame'

      Sunday, June 25, 2017


      'The Flame' features in my novel ‘Song Bird’. In the novel, it is sung by rock legend Rick Brody who serenades Nikki Mills (the central character in the novel). In real life, it was sung by Funnie Williams and Thanapat Yarchartoen (aka Film). I produced the song through Karma Sound Studios in Thailand.

      BACKSTORY TO 'THE FLAME' - The Singer or the Song?

      In ‘Song Bird’ and its prequel 'Life Song', Nikki Mills - the Girl from Oz - is a survivor of domestic violence. Once an innocent, she believed the very convincing serenade of her first significant love, Terry Kikby. Long before Nikki met Rick, his song 'The Flame' resonated with her.  She believed that Rick's songs really expressed his own ideas and values.

      Having been at the top of the music industry for sixteen years, Rick finds his music is dropping in the charts. Defined by his 'bad boy' image, he has lost sight of his real self. Consequently,  his music has lost its connection with his fan base. Interested in Nikki as a woman as much as in her skill as a lyricist, Rick collaborates with Nikki on a new album. 

      Flattered by Rick's interest in her and impressed by 'The Flame', Nikki embarks on a relationship with him.  A subplot in the novel explores the ramifications of that decision.  Can she help Rick find the heart that his music once had?  Will Nikki be hurt or healed by the relationship with him?  The answers are found in my novel 'Song Bird'. 

      Readers of this blog may also find the pop rock song 'Masque' and interesting insight into Rick and Nikki's relationship issues.

      I currently have 8 songs on CD Baby and iTunes. You can help me raise the money to produce the rest of my songs by buying one or more of my songs at the very small price of $1.69 per song. They are on sale at CD Baby and  iTunes. Online music streaming services such as Spotify and Deezer promote my music, but I only earn approximately one cent per one hundred streams. 

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      16-Jul-2018

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