Almanac Poetry: The Musician and the Boy


Bass Trombone, Boosey & Hawkes, 1960. [Wikimedia Commons.]



The Musician and the Boy


Tommy played the bass trombone
in our school band
but he never practised,
his musicianship was questionable
and, anyway,
the instrument was a joke.
The notes he blasted
sounded like a quacking duck.
I remember a solo competition,
where Tommy played
‘The Great Salvation’.
We boys renamed it,
after hearing his rendition,
‘The Great Masturbation’.
But no-one laughed louder than Tommy
– he had a sense of humour.



(Acknowledgement: poem originally appeared in Platform, Victoria University, 2010.)



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Kevin Densley is a graduate of both Deakin University and The University of Melbourne. He has taught writing and literature in numerous Victorian universities and TAFES. He is a poet and writer-in-general. His fifth book-length poetry collection, Please Feed the Macaws ... I'm Feeling Too Indolent, was published in late 2023 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. Other writing includes screenplays for educational films.

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