Katherine Gallagher

(7 September 1935 - / Maldon / Australia)

Eastville, 1939 - Poem by Katherine Gallagher

That day Uncle Tom was a hero.
Mostly he was unpopular just for
living with us in the old family home —
taking up space, thinking it was his.

Occasionally he and Dad, bush-boxers,
had bloody fist-fights. But I worshipped him,
would tell my sister, “Tom’s my Dad,
Daddy’s your Dad.” The grown-ups laughed.

That morning driving home from Mass
we were skylarking on the back seat —
the Dodge door swung. . . a strip of gravel
and yellow dust, my sister flew out.

Amidst the cries, Tom grabbed her
by one leg. They called it a miracle.

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  • Robert Murray Smith (6/19/2018 6:44:00 AM)

    This poem stands alone giving the reader all they need to know. A nutshell full of poetic delight.++10 (Report)Reply

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