Elly McDonald

Writer

Festive (1983)

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Cathy laughs best

her lips tie a bow

an extravagant, impulsive

christmas present flourish

her eyes go bright green they

gleam like a scarab

a bauble dancing, as jaunty

as brilliant a yuletide

decoration: a gift, an excitement

as frivolous, as generous

sparklers ablaze

Cathy laughs, lights sing

Everything

flies upward: we cheer

and with a flourish, her lips

take a bow

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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