Almanac Poetry: Sundays in Geelong

 

 

Photo: Eastern Beach, Geelong. Source: WikiCommons

 

 

 

Sundays in Geelong

 

 

Sundays in my home town were family days, with my father, mother, two younger sisters. Morning mass at St Mary’s, then fish and chips at Eastern Beach, sharp salt smell of the bay, whiff of rotting seaweed, feeding the leftovers to brawling seagulls. A visit to my grandmother’s: a cup of tea and love. Afternoons watching VFA football on black-and-white TV. Spaghetti for tea (Kookaburra No. 2 tubular), topped with canned Campbell’s sauce. A half-interesting documentary after the 6 pm news about Victoria’s shipwreck coast, voiced with reassuring calm by newsreader, Brian Naylor, many years later to die with his wife in the flames of the Kinglake bushfires.

 

 

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About

Kevin Densley is a poet and writer-in-general. His fourth book-length poetry collection, Sacredly Profane, has just been published (late 2020) by Ginninderra Press. He is also the co-author of ten play collections for young people, as well as a multi Green Room Award nominated play, Last Chance Gas, which was published by Currency Press. Recent other writing includes screenplays for films with a tertiary education purpose. He laments the extinction of Cascade Pale Ale and Kiwi Lager.

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