Donald Bruce Dawe

(15 February 1930 - / Melbourne / Australia)

Homecoming - Poem by Donald Bruce Dawe

All day, day after day, they’re bringing them home,
they’re picking them up, those they can find, and bringing them home,
they’re bringing them in, piled on the hulls of Grants, in trucks, in convoys,
they’re zipping them up in green plastic bags,
they’re tagging them now in Saigon, in the mortuary coolness
they’re giving them names, they’re rolling them out of
the deep-freeze lockers — on the tarmac at Tan Son Nhut
the noble jets are whining like hounds,
they are bringing them home
– curly heads, kinky-hairs, crew-cuts, balding non-coms
– they’re high, now, high and higher, over the land, the steaming chow mein,
their shadows are tracing the blue curve of the Pacific
with sorrowful quick fingers, heading south, heading east,
home, home, home — and the coasts swing upward, the old ridiculous curvatures
of earth, the knuckled hills, the mangrove-swamps, the desert emptiness…
in their sterile housing they tilt towards these like skiers
– taxiing in, on the long runways, the howl of their homecoming rises
surrounding them like their last moments (the mash, the splendour)
then fading at length as they move
on to small towns where dogs in the frozen sunset
raise muzzles in mute salute,
and on to cities in whose wide web of suburbs
telegrams tremble like leaves from a wintering tree
and the spider grief swings in his bitter geometry
– they’re bringing them home, now, too late, too early.

Comments about Homecoming by Donald Bruce Dawe

  • Dat Boi Dat Boi (5/3/2016 9:48:00 PM)

    I agree with Memethony Wrongtano (Report) Reply

    4 person liked.
    3 person did not like.
  • Anthony Fantano Anthony Fantano (5/2/2016 6:23:00 PM)

    homecoming aka biggest pile of rubbish i have ever seen, , , , , , , , sometimes i wonder why god created me for me to only end up reading shit like this. not only is it unreasonable but also completely wrong as all wars are conspiracies created by the government to make us all pay more taxes for them to spend building more nukes to kill everyone ever... (Report) Reply

  • Lola Lewis (5/2/2016 1:00:00 AM)

    Hitler Didnothingwrong If you have nothing nice to say keep it to yourself, or get off this site. You are being inconsiderate and racist. This website is used by school children. Don't you have anything better to do? (Report) Reply

    Dat Boi Dat Boi (5/3/2016 9:48:00 PM)

    Send tiddy

  • Hitler Didnothingwrong Hitler Didnothingwrong (3/9/2016 5:40:00 PM)

    The jews deserved to be gassed Already Reported Reply

    Dat Boi Dat Boi (5/3/2016 9:50:00 PM)

    stfu lola u bitc

    Lola Lewis (5/1/2016 9:26:00 PM)

    Thats a horrible thing to say. No body deserves to die on account of others.

  • Hitler Didnothingwrong Hitler Didnothingwrong (3/9/2016 5:39:00 PM)

    Those chinks deserved it, Just like the jews Already Reported Reply

    Lola Lewis (5/1/2016 9:28:00 PM)

    Somebody hurt you really bad, didn't they?

  • Peter Kalse (11/19/2015 7:47:00 PM)

    yeah I thought Bruce Daw was a lovely poet as well I love him so much that I sleep next to a life sized cut out of him (Report) Reply

  • Peter Kalse (11/19/2015 7:43:00 PM)

    I just recently spoke to somebody about how hot it is here in Australia then referenced the ovens at Auschwitz
    I'm Stupid (Report) Reply

  • Peter Kalse (11/19/2015 7:42:00 PM)

    love to suck on those cancer cells (Report) Reply

  • John Sertangle (11/15/2015 5:05:00 PM)

    lol I left the kettle boiling at home brb (Report) Reply

    John Sertangle (11/15/2015 5:15:00 PM)

    cool story wanker, tell somebody who cares

  • Kinky Aboriginal (8/23/2015 9:50:00 PM)

    man o man i love bruce dawe, he was a lovely poet and he sure as shit must have loved petrol (Report) Reply

  • Kinky Aboriginal (8/23/2015 9:48:00 PM)

    i love petrol! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Lukas Maran (8/5/2015 8:30:00 PM)

    leukhemia! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Lukas Maran (8/5/2015 8:28:00 PM)

    Whats your favourite type of cancer? (Report) Reply

  • Bastion Emerald (3/10/2015 4:14:00 AM)

    These comments are so bad, Cancer went back to work. (Report) Reply

    Lukas Maran (8/5/2015 8:28:00 PM)


    Lukas Maran (8/5/2015 8:25:00 PM)


  • Bastion Emerald (3/10/2015 4:12:00 AM)

    These comments were so bad, cancer went back to work. (Report) Reply

  • Jonathan Pordoire (11/4/2013 7:02:00 PM)

    This is so bad cancer decided it was going home. (Report) Reply

    Lukas Maran (8/5/2015 8:29:00 PM)

    nice meme

  • Jonathan Pordoire (11/4/2013 6:58:00 PM)

    This is so bad cancer decided it was going home. (Report) Reply

  • Macsen Ellem-honeywill (6/25/2013 9:30:00 PM)

    This is so bad it gave my dog cancer. (Report) Reply

    Kinky Aboriginal (8/23/2015 9:50:00 PM)

    petrol memes

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Poem Submitted: Monday, May 28, 2012

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