Katherine Gallagher

(7 September 1935 - / Maldon / Australia)

Getting The Electricity On - Poem by Katherine Gallagher

The farm has changed, face-lifted
since we put away the lamps
or hung them up with lanterns, as antiques.
The house is new-veined, lush.

Getting the current switched through — such
fever, a district-do to celebrate:
“We’ll be like the townsfolk now,” we sang.
My mother saw the world transformed
by a washing-machine and fridge.

My father, caught by progress in a skein
that swept about his ears,
tracked voyages round the farm
reassured by the sameness of the stars
and lanterns lighting his mind.

Comments about Getting The Electricity On by Katherine Gallagher

  • Dawn Fuzan (5/17/2014 1:22:00 PM)

    Katherine A beautifully written poem. Keep it up (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, May 5, 2012

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