My Want Then and Today

A poem by B Robertson, Oolong House, Nowra, New South Wales.

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My Want Then
Here I sit                                      
Alone in the park                               
I'm bored to the hilt                           
15 hours til dark                               
A drink I'm thinking                            
To have some fun                                
And forget about the pain                       
In this morning sun                             
It's 8 o'clock now                              
The doors open wide                             
To invite the drink one's                       
To mosey inside                                 
Got the first cask                              
Tucked under me arm                             
Feeling good now                                
I'll soon be calm                               
Thoughts of freedom                              
Soon touch my lips                              
As grog hits my guts                            
Back in the habit's grip                        
No sooner I start                               
I start rollin' around                          
I know I'm cosy                                 
On this clover ground

Soon I'm asleep
Blowin' zzzz's galore
A few hours' sleep
Wake up to some more<

Funny this ride
I can't get off
Goes 'round and 'round
It's surely my boss.
My Want Today

Here I am today
Some new ways learned
To try and stay calm
And not crash and burn

Still ways to go
To improve my life
And not pick up a beer
It'll surely lead to strife

Sit back, take a breath
Something I've never done
Learning not to stress
A new life has begun

I'll go and throw a line
It's a beautiful day
The breeze in my face
Bad memories fade away

It's comin' on dark
I didn't know the time
Home to cook a feed
And settle for the night

My want for the day
Is embedded in my heart
Don't stuff up the day
Tomorrow's a new start. [1]

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[1] Koori Mail 448 p.23

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Korff, J 2018, My Want Then and Today, <https://creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/arts/poems/my-want-then-and-today>, retrieved 12 August 2020

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