Elly McDonald

Writer

Patient (1984)

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He thinks he recognises her

the smile slips out before he realises

this stranger, fleshed with her features, has borrowed

her body and sits in challenge

there, across his bacon and eggs

her breath between them

lips moving cheerfully, over his coffee

eyes alight (a smart trick, that)

this routine relies

all normality depends – on his not revealing

he know the truth: the truth he knows

he will not betray

the smile freezes; she returns it

patient

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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