Elly McDonald

Writer

Scar Beach (1984)

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the earth stings

three-cornered jacks and salvation jane

barbs savage flesh

beer bottles, broken, and jagged jutting rocks

cut out to sea

claws

a rip through the Heads

now tearing, now

taunting, a dagger-thrust wind

a place of impalement, by nature

defensive: here, by the shore, the hard-worked flints

sheathed in grit break off

under foot

a ghost race’s weapons still function, still strike

in a fight long since lost, while shells

slice soles: a terrain

sharp with tension

how far (how long back?) what people

lived here

how hostile (what violence?) what intrusion

resisted

resented

what fear remains: in pain, and by force

grafted

enduring – the grey lash-scar weal of

a killer’s brand

 

 

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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