My 10 year old brother

Martin Christmas

nearly burnt the house down when he
lit a match to papers in the 44 gallon
drum beside the house.
Black smudges up the bricks, mark that memory.

Mum posing in white  gloves, hat,
and Sunday-best clothes
under the ancient almond tree that
soon afterwards got the axe.

The surrounding subururban traffic hum
just the same today. 
Someone has just kicked a goal
on the next door oval.

This place is my retreat. 
Its shadows, backyard spirits, memories,
a living, breathing life force
that keeps me moving forward
through the challenges of today.
Vera Christmas (mum)

Martin Christmas, a South Australian poet and photographer, has been published in many Australian anthologies, and overseas on-line literary magazines including Red River Review (the USA), as Featured Poet, and StepAway Magazine (the UK). He is currently mentoring a young poet and will be the editor of his first poetry book. Martin’s poetry books are Immediate Reflections, The Deeper Inner, D&M Between 2 Men, and Random Adventures (all by Ginninderra Press). He has an M.A. in Cultural Studies. His photographs reflect his interest in urban street and coastal scenes. His spoken word event photographs reflect the living spirits of his subjects.



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