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

Worked in the Australian rock music industry as a journalist and published widely as a poet before moving to London and spending the better part of a decade in advertising agencies. Returned to Australia and tried teaching, primarily teaching English to non-English speaking, newly-arrived refugees but also briefly as a high school classroom teacher. Has travelled Western Europe, North Africa, Russia, Northern India, East Asia, coastal USA, some Pacific Islands, and Australia.

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