shot glass
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


I live in Melbourne and have had two collections of poetry published: "Polishing the Silver" (2006) and "Weight of Snow" (2013).

Jennifer Chrystie

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My father taught me to sharpen pencils
long in the wood, short in the lead

Less chance of breakage for a lead
writing memories of a charmed childhood
in elegant copperplate or pressed
through several layers of paper
leaving imprints of profit and loss

A pity he didn't school me on the breakage
of bones when pitted against walls or roads
the breakage of spirit through constant rejection
the breakage of relations for trivial reasons
I have learned much from his mistakes