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

  • (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

  • (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

  • (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

  • (3/14/2018 8:09:00 PM)

    HSksaajasdakdashka ahkasjh aahask (Report) Reply

  • (3/14/2018 8:01:00 PM)

    Left right, good poem (Report) Reply

  • (3/14/2018 8:00:00 PM)

    This poem was useful, Siri and her beautiful voice added a great touch for the audio. (Report) Reply

  • (3/14/2018 8:00:00 PM)

    Wallla habbiby. best poem (Report) Reply

  • (3/14/2018 7:58:00 PM)

    Beautiful poem, one of the greatest. Amen (Report) Reply

  • (3/11/2018 7:25:00 PM)

    I've got the finest wares in the land (Report) Reply

  • (3/11/2018 7:22:00 PM)

    we wonn yea the vienam (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (10/2/2017 1:23:00 PM)

    Too late! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (10/2/2017 11:04:00 AM)

    A great poem with such a lovely line...

    then fading at length as they move
    on to small towns where dogs in the frozen sunset
    raise muzzles in mute salute,

    Nicely expressed.
    (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (10/2/2017 6:53:00 AM)

    A blues poem having touching expression. Thanks for sharing and congratulations for being selected as the poem of the day. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (10/2/2017 12:48:00 AM)

    I have no comment about the poem Homecoming but on the comments below that are in confusion and disorder.... (Report) Reply

  • Dat Boi (5/3/2016 9:48:00 PM)

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    I agree with Memethony Wrongtano Already Reported Reply

  • Anthony Fantano (5/2/2016 6:23:00 PM)

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    homecoming aka biggest pile of rubbish i have ever seen, , , , , , , , sometimes i wonder why god created me for me to only end up reading shit like this. not only is it unreasonable but also completely wrong as all wars are conspiracies created by the government to make us all pay more taxes for them to spend building more nukes to kill everyone ever... Already Reported Reply

    Gun 123 (5/22/2017 11:29:00 PM)


    (2/16/2017 7:57:00 PM)

    All wars are not conspiracies created by the government to get us to pay more taxes for them if you think that you clearly have something wrong with you basement dweller. Making stuff up like this won't get you any attention, I know it must of been sad that no one liked you and you had such a sad life maybe life is just one big scam or it isn't just get over with what ever happened in your childhood and grow some balls

  • (5/2/2016 1:00:00 AM)

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    Hitler Didnothingwrong If you have nothing nice to say keep it to yourself, or get off this site. You are being inconsiderate and racist. This website is used by school children. Don't you have anything better to do? Already Reported Reply

    Gun 123 (5/22/2017 11:27:00 PM)

    Sucks to suck
    Am I RIGHT

    Dat Boi (5/3/2016 9:48:00 PM)

    Send tiddy

  • Hitler Didnothingwrong (3/9/2016 5:40:00 PM)

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    The jews deserved to be gassed Already Reported Reply

    Dat Boi (5/3/2016 9:50:00 PM)

    stfu lola u bitc

    (5/1/2016 9:26:00 PM)

    Thats a horrible thing to say. No body deserves to die on account of others.

  • Hitler Didnothingwrong (3/9/2016 5:39:00 PM)

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    Those chinks deserved it, Just like the jews Already Reported Reply

    (5/1/2016 9:28:00 PM)

    Somebody hurt you really bad, didn't they?

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Poem Submitted: Monday, May 28, 2012

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