Poems

Russell Erwin: Two Poems

Malaria “Memories linger in the blood, like malaria” (Geraldine Doogue, ABC RN, 13/1/18)   There were those little yellow pills he kept amongst the derris dust and Rogor out in the garage, which we were frightened into not going anywhere near. Why there? We just knew they were for “Malaria” and something far-off—“New Guinea”, “The war”. That it had shook him up And that was it. He would never ’ve allowed himself to lapse into speaking, of anything— illness, women, slaughter. We, beyond his life, are doing his remembering with a word like malaria in our blood.      …

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