Elly McDonald

Writer

sinking (1983)

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the helicopter went down

in darkness

eelelectricblueblack

I saw the rotorblades

swimming in the spotlights

distorted by lightwaves

wet sinking fast

through butterflywing fishshoals

I saw the surface

slip from our grasp

I saw dayglo

fish bellies as pale as

lonely faces

tell me:where were you:to tell me

I’m dreaming again

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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