Elly McDonald


Pavement Song (1981)

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Insofar as he is my friend

He is my friend

Only because I insisted on it

Fighting for everything

Fighting over everything

Eight years on and not yet exhausted

He says

Why do you have to take everything so hard?

You make

Everything so hard

And we laugh, we both believe

You must fight for your life

Be fierce

Fight tough

it’s easier with a friend

My friend

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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