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Famous Reporter # 22
December, 2000
 

              Tony Beyer

              WORK

                    on holiday
                    thinking about a job I had
                    when I was my son's age
 
                    he's taller than I am
                    and because he works out
                    better built
 
                    but could he
                    lift turn and spread
                    a wet sheep pelt
 
                    one every eight seconds or so
                    so it gets you in the backs
                    of the upper arms and in the spine
 
                    I'd rather
                    have had him with me
                    the late winter before
 
                    slashing weeds
                    and unwanted scrub
                    out of the holding paddock windbreaks
 
                    we'd go hell for leather
                    for an hour in the morning
                    leaving the cut green standing
 
                    then relax yarn smoke
                    pulling bits out bit by bit
                    the rest of the day
 
                    like anyone's father
                    mine taught me how to work hard
                    but never how to like it

  
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