Worry About It Tomorrow, Do
Today, I found myself sitting on
opposite a gay sauna
on La Trobe Street,
penning postcards and lying
through my teeth;
but the steps were a good
place to view the ‘Batman
Building’ roaring above Elizabeth
Street and the
steadfast flow of commuters
of whom I am now jealous.
Two years ago in Shanghai,
I saw buildings as big as
Today, I was unsure whether these
buildings speaking to me were saying
“Go find a job” or
“Go find a god.”
Worry about it tomorrow, do.
My accent stands out more and more every day,
as if I’m deliberately, yet subconsciously, over-pronouncing
– Long black witta splasha milk, sound.
– How’s the form, you’re well?
– Any crack witcha?
The tram driver just announced Federation Square the
next stop. He had an accent that suggested he was
about to say ‘Next stop Federation Square comrades’,
but he didn’t.
He could have been Polish, or Albanian.
He could have been that Bosnian Ratko Mladic.
God knows they still haven’t found him.
The other passengers, too, may well have been
foreign, looking at me as an Aussie, a Pom, a Paddy
or a Yank; our skins itching for ecdysis to reveal ourselves,
but we never opened our mouths.
About the author
Neil McCarthy has been on the run from Ireland for the best part of a decade, writing and reading, flirting and boozing in places…Read the full bio
Issue 08 · February 2010
Table of contents
- From the editors
- Lisbon Holds a Prisoner One Night
- Postcard from Texas
- Four poems by Mahogany L. Browne
- Three Poems by Michael Bazzett
- Travelling Long to Inform a Friend’s Death
- Train Ride to Zagreb
- Two poems by Stephen Bunch
- Gavage (and the Stress of Flying These Days)
- Two Poems by Jon Sands
- Two poems by Neil McCarthy
- Two poems by Sue Burge
- Summer is
- Two poems by Sheila Wild
- Two poems by Susanna Rich
- Postcard Prose
- Travel Notes