Tony Judson

Rookie (1939 / Christchurch New Zealand)

Biography of Tony Judson

Tony left school at 16 years old with two years secondary school to become an apprentice nurseryman. Braking the apprenticeship a age 19 in order to get married he took on the responsibilty of married life and became father to his first of four children at a tender twenty years of age. After his first marriage of 27 years he moved from Chrischurch to live in Auckland. His second marriage, a partnership which lasted 15 years, broke up in 2005. Life has never been easy and many experiences have left him with a knowledge of his own feelings and a desire to record some of them in the medium of poetry

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Ode To Our Playmates

Where are our playmates of yesterday
The kids that we knew at school?
Whatever became of that bully kid
And the one we all called ‘The Fool? ’
That quiet girl who would burst into tears
Every-time that we shouted out ‘BOO! ’
And the loudmouthed one called Billy McCain
And the poor little lad with no shoes?
I’ll never forget that the prettiest of all

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