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May 10, 2008 at 5:53 pm | Posted in poetry, writing | 8 Comments
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May I introduce Mrs Erin O’Malley. Mrs O’Malley is an Australian poet who teaches creative writing and Tai Chi at her local U3A (University of the Third Age). She was born a long time ago in Tasmania but migrated to Queensland recently because the warmer weather is good for her arthritis. And because Paul promised he would put whatever I wrote in my bio on his blog, she would also like to say that she is a birdwatcher, a huge fan of the The Decadent Wastrel.

    the lesser greyling

watching your hands as you pour tea
i remember that first last night then
forty years ago those same hands
wrapped around a microphone stand
and the sudden shock of your eyes
as the band began behind you
kicked and you looked up from under
your raggedy fringe, I swear, straight
into mine.

watching your eyes in this photograph
taken the year you died I remember the
first last night how cold the bed
and those eyes of yours
closing into sleep and the shock
of your hands touching me
that night when i had
buried you that afternoon,

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