blackmail press 31 Margin alization
Marginalization - Pauline Canlas Wu
Tim Heffernan lives between the escarpment and the sea at Wollongong, NSW – a refugee from various towns on the Murrumbidgee River. Having Bipolar 1 for thirty years he enjoys living on both sides of the margin. His poetry has benefited too?
Breakdown This morning – the coldest November’s morning for a century I look out the kitchen window at the fluorescent jacketed man chaining the neighbour’s ute to a tow truck that I can’t see because my garden has grown and screens this suburban view. Soon there is nothing but the street and I think back a year and a bit more and the times before when my motor broke and the ambulance came and towed me back to the workshop. Flat noises Pipes hammer warnings of the impending gloom. Doors slammed too loudly in anger shake the transient rooms that are not home but another place to live. Furtive, muffled voices drift then intrude through the first floor window. Darkened he remembers the ward. The fiend has returned.