Elly McDonald

Writer

Changed (1982)

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At this distance memory jumps

the bad times like a child

jumping puddles It skips

takes the mud in stride

making rocks into playthings

to dance over oceans

skimming the depths

a dare, a defiance

skittering cheek

flying

brave cheat

inflicting no damage quick

sharp as that smile

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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