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House Painter(1950)
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Dad forever ready, lick of paint.
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Japlac tin, sand it, sparse haired brush,
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Filling in was putty in his hands,
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alert to wear, tear, and its demands.
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Our house became a touch up job.
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Us? A pile of trouble, mum on top.
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She stirred gravy, peeled potatoes,
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Leftover’s tossed in large stock pot,
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She cooked it then we swallowed the lot.
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“Look!” she’d say then point.
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He’d paint it right away.
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As if anointing something sacred,
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Smoothing over cracks while she was baking.
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In kitchen drawer next owners found,
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sheaves of paper tightly bound.
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Dad’s plans shelved for rainy days,
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rainbow coloured, inscribed in paint
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4 Jan 19

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Very Dickensian more please sir
 — Rossant

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should mum = mom?
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