Roger K.A. Allen

Rookie (Some time in the 20th century. I am still alive. / Toowooba, Queensland, Australia)

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I am a thoracic and sleep physician in private practice in Brisbane. I am now professor to Bond University but don't hold that against me. They have asked me to lecture in the Humanities. I love writing prose, poetry, sailing my wooden cutter, wooden boats in general, French, modern Greek and have done Ancient Greek and Latin and play Bach badly. I have seven children and one grandson. I have been... more »

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Two To The Valley

I was driving home from work one night
Peak-hour crawling,
An the red taillights trailing,
In the chill winter rain,
To the rhythmic lub-dub of the wipers.
In the black puddles,
White car lights like Cracker Night sparklers,
And the bitter-sweat memories of childhood.
And the tram tracks lie buried beneath me,
By a sudden Council decree,
The trams burned like Troy;
To a sad and inglorious finale.

Our trams said “knock-knock” when they started,
Enlivened by wires overhead, all electric,
Clayfield-Salisbury the line,
Route 171 blazoned ...

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