2010

Dear Readers,

After an unfortunate start to 2010 I’m back posting on this here digital notebook.

I’d like to open the blog for the year with a dedication to my paternal grandfather, Poppa, who passed away recently.

Poppa came out from England when he was just a boy running errands for change. He fought in Greece, the Middle East, Burma and beyond throughout the years of the Second World War during which time he met Bing, his wife of 65 years.

After the war they purchased a property in Kojonup, SW Australia, and established a successful working farm and an amazing long life spent in the breast of family.

Poppa is survived by his wife Elwyn, three sons, two daughters, seventeen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

I will always remember him at his happiest on the farm, driving us around in his bung old ute, singing 40s swing.

Poppa,

 

I remember us all your grandkids,
a handful in the ute,
jumbled together like knuckle-bones,
with you,
driving the paddocks,
checking the sheep,
telling tall tales and stories,

 

and
singing.

 

Poppa,
you sang old time swing,
war time memory,
of an earnest life,
and a love for family.
You sang wide open spaces,
you sang us treasure hunts,
you sang of porridge and distance,
of mischief and riddles.
You sang fences and dams,
rain gauge and surety,
you sang The Andrews Sisters,
and you sang us security.

 

Poppa,
I remember us all your grandkids,
a handful in the ute,
jumbled together like knuckle-bones,
nestled up
next to your
            authoritative love.

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2 responses to “2010

  1. Pingback: Shadows of my family history: Strikes on the waterfront, gold rushin’, freed slaves, revolution & still as yet unmarked graves | Fieldnotes & Footnotes

  2. I miss my Poppa sometimes.

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