jim hogg


Girl From Essendon - Poem by jim hogg

Lord knows it's not for money now
She turns out and she sings and smiles
As if the sun stopped going down
And still they're standing in the aisles

And lovers in their hordes who kissed
Their first loves to her serenade
In black and white, are bound to miss
The moments gone, the dreams that age

It seems so long ago
that I first heard the song
The story of two strangers
and how they fell in love
How brief their time together,
and so their love so strong
left them broken hearted
when the fair was movin' on

When you and I were only kids
In sixty four she stepped ashore
You hopped about on chalked out grids
I rolled the stones and kept the score

Soon something beautiful was born
Between us and that haunting song
But as the fair of life moved on
Our tapestry of love was torn

It seems so long ago
that I first heard the song
The story of two strangers
and how they fell in love
How brief their time together,
and so their love so strong
left them broken hearted
when the fair was movin' on

There on the stage she sings so sweet
And I can hear and I can feel
Two beating hearts on our old street
And for a moment it was real

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

I remember hearing the Carnival Is Over for the first time very late in 1965 I think. I was 10 years old. I went to bed that night singing the tune to myself as I was afraid I might never hear it again and forget it - so strong an impression did it make on me. Judith Durham's singing made my world a better place... and she's still doing it.. Very few songs struck me with that kind of force on the first listen.. Another might have been Don McLean's Crossroads.. and maybe Delaney and Bonnie's Groupie (Superstar)

Comments about Girl From Essendon by jim hogg

  • Chinedu Dike (2/25/2017 11:50:00 AM)


    Sonorous love poem well articulated and nicely penned. Thanks for sharing Jim and do remain blessed. I'll breeze in again some other time. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, December 25, 2011

Poem Edited: Wednesday, January 2, 2013


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