Les Murray

(17 October 1938)

Child Logic - Poem by Les Murray

The smallest girl
in the wild kid's gang
submitted her finger
to his tomahawk idea -

It hurt bad, dropping off.
He knew he'd gone too far
and ran, herding the others.
Later on, he'd maim her brother.

She stayed in the bush
till sundown, wrote
in blood on the logs, and
gripped her gapped hand, afraid

what her parents would say
to waste of a finger.
Carelessness. Mad kids.
She had done wrong some way.


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  • Khairul Ahsan (7/16/2019 12:12:00 AM)

    I wanted to write 'like her, I too am so scared! ' The r from 'her' got inadvertently dropped. (Report)Reply

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  • Khairul Ahsan (7/16/2019 12:07:00 AM)

    'She stayed in the bush
    till sundown, wrote
    in blood on the logs, and
    gripped her gapped hand, afraid' - like he, I too am so scared!
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  • Sylvia Frances Chan (7/15/2019 6:11:00 PM)

    A gapped hand is very painful for an, the more for a smallest girl. This is awful. It is always the wrong doing of an. Poet of Ayers Rock, this is not right to blame the small girl. (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (7/15/2019 2:18:00 PM)

    She stayed in the bush! !

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (7/15/2019 2:11:00 PM)

    what her parents would say
    to waste of a finger.
    Carelessness. Mad kids.
    She had done wrong some way........touching expression. Beautiful poem.
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  • Anil Kumar Panda (7/15/2019 9:31:00 AM)

    Very nice. Enjoyed the poem. (Report)Reply

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  • Gajanan Mishra (7/15/2019 1:55:00 AM)

    Mad kids, done wrong, beautiful write (Report)Reply

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  • (7/15/2019 1:21:00 AM)

    This is quite explicit with a rough language too mad for sweet poetry. But the purpose is the picture it puts in the mind. (Report)Reply

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  • Adeeb Alfateh (7/15/2019 12:45:00 AM)

    She stayed in the bush
    till sundown, wrote
    in blood on the logs, and
    gripped her gapped hand, afraid


    excellent
    great 10++++++++++++++++++
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Poem Submitted: Thursday, March 23, 2017



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