Magazine article WLA ; War, Literature and the Arts

Leave-Taking

Magazine article WLA ; War, Literature and the Arts

Leave-Taking

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Ultimatum to Germany

expiring at twelve.

Waiting anxiously

till morning for result.

May God help us all

in our hour of need

and remember and comfort

the widow and the fatherless.

These notes are written

at request of my wife

in case I should be called

to defend my country.

To her I leave the condensation welling at the windows.

To her I leave a muddy footprint on the doorstep.

To her I leave the walk to the mill past snorting paddocks.

To her I leave the quiet percussion of a bicycle.

To her I leave an empty tin of moustache wax.

To her I leave hand-me-downs waiting in a bottom drawer.

To her I leave a symphony of plumbing.

To her I leave arthritis budding in her fingers.

To her I leave all the softnesses of morning. …

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