Biography of Charles Flesfader
see poem 'This Family of Jack'
Of illegitimate birth, war veteran, former alcoholic.
1963-5 Educated to year 10 High School
1966-71Apprentice Diesel Mechanic
1971-87 Engine Room Artificer / Chief Marine Technicia plus ships diver, then Chief Training Design Specialist, in Royal Australian Navy 1971-1987. (Reserves 1984-87)
1984-92 Training & Business Development Consultant
1993-2005 Itinerant Speaker, Teacher, Counsellor
2006- Community Radio Journalist & Reporter, Writer
Charles Flesfader's Works:
nil as yet. Desiring to publish book of verse, prose, anecdotes on Naval Life - 'This Family of Jack'
Charles Flesfader Poems
Old Man Navy
Parade ground, Cerberus, one dismal, foggy morn, Weather-beaten face, beneath a battered old hat This man was “Navy; ” to the sea, surely born, With swaggering gait, he left no doubt of that.
From The Land Down-Under
From The Land Down-Under G'day from the Land Down Under, A place of awe and sheer wonder…..
Coming Home (Little Ditty)
Coming Home (a humble ditty) Sorry, been absent from this Board, Five months, up the eastern seaboard.
For Grace, I Want…(My Elusive Quest)
It's an elusive thing, that man calls 'Grace.' So difficult to define, yet sufficient to say, We meet it sometimes, with it's unique place In hearts and souls of a different way:
Cruisin’ the Murray, out of Olde Echuca Town Is a riverboat of renown, jewel in Echuca’s crown. Pride of both the River, and her crew: Dip yer hats, lads ‘n’ ladies, to “Emmy Lou”
Cruisin’ the Murray, out of Olde Echuca Town
Is a riverboat of renown, jewel in Echuca’s crown.
Pride of both the River, and her crew:
Dip yer hats, lads ‘n’ ladies, to “Emmy Lou”
The sound of her paddle wheels splashin’,
Boiler blazin’, smokin’, it’s real old fashion'!
People linin’ the rails, their hearts fair a-thrill,
Experiencin’ an age long past, yet with us still.