Notes on the poems

The Passing of the Years
This poem was written for the occasion of our fifty years of marriage. It is a classical sonnet: fourteen lines of iambic pentameter. I enjoy the discipline of working in this form.

My Two Hammers
This describes the event, and the background leading up to it, many years ago concerning our elder son.

The Cricket Pitch
Our younger son was a keen sportsman. The accountant was genuinely impressed—at first!

Aging
I was feeling the stiffness one morning after some extra exercise the day before.

The Drought—2005
2005 was yet another hard year for this region. The incidents described here are only some of what was reported.

The Shearer's Daughter
Again, one from true life. The young girl cutting my hair actually used the line, “His clients all come out the same”. This was just too good a statement to let pass.

A Special Birthday
For the occasion of a dear friend's attaining 90 years of age. She is an amazing old lady, and a group of about twenty friends gathered for lunch that day.

The Snowball and Other Pet Thoughts
A nonsense poem triggered off by the first two stanzas which my sister emailed to me. But the reply is based on reality.

Australia New Zealand Cricket Tests -2004
More nonsense - the 'Limerick' form is ideal for non-serious writing such as this. Most of this came to mind while I was mowing the grass - well you have to have something to think of, don't you? This was the series in which Glenn McGrath made his first and only test 50 with the bat.

Arthur And The Brown Paper Bag    Arthur And Politics    Arthur’s Band
I worked with Arthur for a few years during the 1950's. He had been a drummer in a band and was always looking for ways to 'set people up'. These are a few little anecdotes that he related. But note at times he was on the receiving end.

The Two Winners
Roger Federer was the seeded favourite to take the title of the Men's 2006 Australian Open Tennis Championship, but Marcos Baghdatis from Cyprus was virtually unknown. It was a fairy tale journey for unseeded Marcos to reach the final of this Grand Slam event.

Digger
Digger was a little black kelpie cross whose presence and company we enjoyed for a few years on the farm. We missed his loyal friendship.

Eagle Rock
Eagle Rock is an outcrop at the end of a small range in the Wollemi National Park which joins the rear boundary of the home our eldest daughter and her husband had at one time, a few kilometers south of Singleton, NSW.

Chocolate
Another nonsense verse, but I do like dark chocolate—really!