Elly McDonald


Complex Organisms (1983)

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fashioning roses

You restore my hand from a crown of thorns

starfish into petals

I could hug you; so crude

when your is an origami touch

as if I were sheer and white like

a nautilus shell pure

coddling, coaxing growth

from an African violet bella

donna prima donna temperamental

unearthing a fossil, living coral

flushed with myriad gasping, sucking mouths


taking: life-giving, sleight of hand

a healing touch – herbs and tenderised nettle

by moonlight, calm and soothe


cultivate concern

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.

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