Gwen Harwood
Taringa, Queensland

In The Park

Rating: 3.3
She sits in the park. Her clothes are out of date.
Two children whine and bicker, tug her skirt.
A third draws aimless patterns in the dirt
Someone she loved once passed by – too late

to feign indifference to that casual nod.
“How nice” et cetera. “Time holds great surprises.”
From his neat head unquestionably rises
a small balloon…”but for the grace of God…”

They stand a while in flickering light, rehearsing
the children’s names and birthdays. “It’s so sweet
to hear their chatter, watch them grow and thrive, ”
she says to his departing smile. Then, nursing
the youngest child, sits staring at her feet.
To the wind she says, “They have eaten me alive.”
Sunday, August 3, 2008
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COMMENTS
... 06 February 2021
hey eleanor, helen, jess, chloe
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Douglas Scotney 11 January 2021
Gwen was a Tasmanian, not a Taringa-Queenslander.
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yuhh 16 February 2021
she was born in queensland but left to tasmania in 1945 ish when she married
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coochie man 13 October 2020
this is garbage my mother left me at five years of age and this does not ccontribute to my sanity
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Dr Antony Theodore 04 February 2020
They stand a while in flickering light, rehearsing the children’s names and birthdays. “It’s so sweet to hear their chatter, watch them grow and thrive, ” she says to his departing smile. a very fine poem. tony
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Britte Ninad 04 February 2020
worthy beautiful worthy beautiful
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Finally, some worthy competition
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Gary Narkle 6ix9ine 27 June 2019
all yall you can come ride this dickkkkk but it aint for free.
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Haile Tesfaye 07 May 2019
Well written poem about the expectations of society on women..
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spell icup 20 March 2019
there is only one thing i have to say; L
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Mahtab Bangalee 28 May 2018
“Time holds great surprises.” From his neat head unquestionably rises a small balloon…”but for the grace of God…” the poem is composed life like
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