Elly McDonald


From Me (1982)

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I keep seeing images

of you I keep walking

when your face looms up

legs first

I see you

in shop-front windows across

the road in cars driving by arm

in arm with a woman with

a friend my friend I miss

you I keep seeing

you and every time it feels

like my centre has been blasted

away you’re away

fragments flying fraying


but there you are in the

traffic in the

distance far away far

away from me


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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