Poem in Canberra Times

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The Canberra Times newspaper published Andrew’s poem “Prank Call” on 6 September 2014. The poem is reproduced below:


Prank Call


In my dream I breathed heavily

into the telephone mouthpiece.


I was wanting to make a sound,

send a sensation, of menace


down the pathways of wire and air

to set the caller’s heart quailing.


I breathed heavily in my dream,

lacing each lung-gust with a growl,


until I was stopped, mortified,

by a voice wheezy with asthma


and love, a voice saying my name.

And as I dreamed I woke I said,


‘Oh Mother, Mother, forgive me!’

But she never did, being dead.

                    © Andrew Lansdown

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