Elly McDonald


Pet (1986)

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An image of a girl, smiling

A whitebread girl with small milkteeth

Sharp like a cat’s.

A narrow-faced woman with thin lips

A wide-stretched grin

Fixed. Pinched. Anxious eyes

Mistrustful, guarded – slanted slits under

Claw-slash brows

He loves her. He loves her long-limbed

Awkwardness, her stiff-necked

Elegance – the memory of how

She loved her cats.

Love. Memory. Shrill cries on the wind.

He takes in stray

Women and dreams

Of spilt milk.

woman with cat


WESTERLY, No.2, JUNE, 1987 77

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.

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