Elly McDonald


Adolescent Lovesong (1980)

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This man

who I wanted to hold

and to rock in my arms

(tell him it’s all alright)

stands in the street

smiling down at me

tells me it’s all alright

and all the people part around us

I can’t hear them

He’s all there is as

the sun comes behind him

His lips

touch my cheeck, and almost

my mouth

mine on his, soft on soft as

the sun warms my face and

I’m so proud of him

standing there, smiling

as if

he loved me

Author: Elly McDonald

Australian-born, with English mother, has lived in several Australian cities and in London. Travelled widely. Way way back when, published widely as a poet and short story writer. For the first 20 years of my working life I worked as an entertainment journalist, publicist, PR consultant and in advertising and media agencies. In the second 20 years, I worked in marketing roles at non-profit organisations then retrained as a teacher, primarily teaching English to non-English speaking, newly-arrived refugees. Also did miserable McJobs, and a long, happy stint at an art gallery.

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