Poetry

Graeme Hetherington: Memento Mori at Seventy-Eight

Memento Mori at Seventy-Eight   So clearly head of table is The loudly tick-tocking wall-clock At shoulder-height above it that No one else thinks of sitting there,   Afraid of what it represents, As on and on, insatiably, It chomps away at life, its food, A noisily ill-mannered guest   We don’t recall inviting, but Who can’t be easily ignored, A bully-boy who dominates With monologues on death and won’t   Allow me any peace at meals, Staring rudely until I hear “Begone, you’ve not much left of me In which to write a timeless poem!”     Saint Teresa…

Subscribe to get access to all online articles

Digital Subscription

$68/ YR

Get the latest ideas from Australia’s most insightful writers.

Subscribe

  • Digital Subscription includes
  • Online editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • Printed editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • iPad ready PDF
  • Access to Quadrant Archives
  •  
  •  

Printed & Digital Subscription

$87/ YR

For avid readers of leading ideas
from Australia’s brightest.

Subscribe

  • Printed & Digital Subscription includes
  • Online editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • Printed editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • iPad ready PDF
  • Access to Quadrant Archives
  •  
  •  

Quadrant Patron

$300/ YR

Show your support for Australia’s
most open minded publication.

Subscribe

  • Quadrant Patron includes
  • Online editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • Printed editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • iPad ready PDF
  • Access to Quadrant Archives
  • All new editions of Quadrant Books
  • Exclusive invitations to Quadrant Dinners, book launches and events.