Upper Beacy and the Rainbow
To follow rainbows made me happy; left-
Wing, radical, this one was meant to forge
A bond across groups red and green. It failed
At such a lofty goal but helped the Greens
Get going. I was there with Doctor Joe
And many others, all idealists; tried
Our best but struggled to agree about
The need to form a party; wrote fine words
Of policy on this and that, but when
It came to strategy we argued, came
Unstuck. Meanwhile I was a city doc
Again; strange partners, greedy landlords took
The shine off urban general practice; clients
Were not as loyal here in town. We built
Another forest home at city’s edge;
We found nice land at Upper Beacy, camped
While building – cold it was and rather rough.
We made a studio again, with kiln,
And bought a horse for Eve; his name was Justin,
He helped to make her bold and confident.
The boys and I did several bike rides ‘cross
The state. And then I tired of city practice;
I planned to make a move to saving forests.
First step was hospital admin; but Prue
Had had enough of marriage, wanted freedom.
And so we split; how sad and painful. Life
Went on, it had to; tried to make the kids
Feel loved, regardless. Admin job was hard
In times of right-wing leaders; two years on
I made the move to forest conservation.