Elly McDonald


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


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.

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