Donald Bruce Dawe

(15 February 1930 - / Melbourne / Australia)

Homecoming - Poem by Donald Bruce Dawe

All day, day after day, they’re bringing them home,
they’re picking them up, those they can find, and bringing them home,
they’re bringing them in, piled on the hulls of Grants, in trucks, in convoys,
they’re zipping them up in green plastic bags,
they’re tagging them now in Saigon, in the mortuary coolness
they’re giving them names, they’re rolling them out of
the deep-freeze lockers — on the tarmac at Tan Son Nhut
the noble jets are whining like hounds,
they are bringing them home
– curly heads, kinky-hairs, crew-cuts, balding non-coms
– they’re high, now, high and higher, over the land, the steaming chow mein,
their shadows are tracing the blue curve of the Pacific
with sorrowful quick fingers, heading south, heading east,
home, home, home — and the coasts swing upward, the old ridiculous curvatures
of earth, the knuckled hills, the mangrove-swamps, the desert emptiness…
in their sterile housing they tilt towards these like skiers
– taxiing in, on the long runways, the howl of their homecoming rises
surrounding them like their last moments (the mash, the splendour)
then fading at length as they move
on to small towns where dogs in the frozen sunset
raise muzzles in mute salute,
and on to cities in whose wide web of suburbs
telegrams tremble like leaves from a wintering tree
and the spider grief swings in his bitter geometry
– they’re bringing them home, now, too late, too early.


Comments about Homecoming by Donald Bruce Dawe

  • (9/4/2019 5:41:00 AM)

    yeah pretty solid poem but i don't understand where it randomly says steaming chow mein. (Report)Reply

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  • Drtony Brahmin (8/31/2019 6:09:00 AM)

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    All day, day after day, they’re bringing them home,
    they’re picking them up, those they can find, and bringing them home,
    they’re bringing them in, piled on the hulls of Grants, in trucks, in convoys.. a very fine poem full of emotions. tony
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  • (8/29/2019 4:38:00 PM)

    CHoke you NIG*A (Report)Reply

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  • (8/15/2019 11:49:00 PM)

    this was very inspirational for my soul. i love this poem :) (Report)Reply

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  • (6/19/2019 8:22:00 PM)

    guess whos a munt cuncher (Report)Reply

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  • (6/12/2019 12:19:00 AM)

    wait this isnt a spiderman poem (Report)Reply

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  • (5/2/2019 11:56:00 PM)

    We like Fortnite We like Fortnite We like Fortnite (Report)Reply

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  • (5/2/2019 11:54:00 PM)

    god this poem turns me on (Report)Reply

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  • (3/20/2019 10:39:00 PM)

    Go die will you. #sendhimtoauschwitz (Report)Reply

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  • (3/20/2019 10:37:00 PM)

    #SendHimToTheShower. (Report)Reply

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  • (2/26/2019 7:03:00 PM)

    Chfcfchvchchgchgcghchchcygfyffgfhghgcgcfhgf (Report)Reply

    (3/20/2019 10:40:00 PM)

    Go die will u

    (3/20/2019 10:05:00 PM)

    Very very gay

    (3/20/2019 1:10:00 AM)

    Great work here mate

    (3/20/2019 1:08:00 AM)

    This comment is better than the poem. Keep up the good work 👊

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  • (11/12/2018 10:58:00 PM)

    this poem turns me on (Report)Reply

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  • (10/23/2018 2:11:00 AM)

    whats the subject matter, genre and message for this poem? (Report)Reply

    (3/9/2019 8:50:00 PM)

    How the bodies of the dead were mistreated.

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  • (9/27/2018 6:47:00 PM)

    During my course choices interview you said that my marks for maths extended weren’t high enough to do methods 4 next year, and when I said I could raise them you said that based on what I had already done this year I wouldn’t. This has lead me to be inclined to make sure that you see that I could, in fact, raise my marks, and I intend to continue to do so.
    Telling me I was to dumb to raise my marks was not being “realistic” it was being pessimistic.
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  • (9/18/2018 5:47:00 PM)

    Fleepy sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeetch (Report)Reply

    (9/27/2018 6:28:00 PM)

    Thanks much for the appreciate comment, very hard work was worked on the work

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  • (6/14/2018 7:41:00 PM)

    Fortnight scares me. If you rearrange the letters and also add and remove some it spells Devil Worship. How can we let our kids play this? (Report)Reply

    (8/1/2018 6:25:00 AM)

    If you rearrange the letters in Government and also add and remove some it spells Actually Aliens. How can we trust these green space monsters to run our world properly?

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  • (5/30/2018 5:10:00 PM)

    wow i made a great poem (Report)Reply

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  • (5/24/2018 4:35:00 AM)

    I did good, didn't I? (Report)Reply

    (5/30/2018 5:14:00 PM)

    Yes, yes you did

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  • (3/15/2018 9:50:00 PM)

    I have to write an essay on this... ugh. It's a really good poem though. I wish I could write like that (Report)Reply

    (3/18/2018 5:53:00 PM)

    Been there. RIP my failing comrade

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  • (3/14/2018 8:09:00 PM)

    HSksaajasdakdashka ahkasjh aahask (Report)Reply

    (11/21/2018 1:16:00 AM)

    What is this?

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Poem Submitted: Monday, May 28, 2012



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