Elly McDonald

Writer

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

Art lover. Loves her family and companion animals. 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 briefly tried teaching, primarily teaching English to non-English speaking, newly-arrived refugees but also 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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