Elly McDonald


sinking (1983)

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the helicopter went down

in darkness


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

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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