A LIFE, in memoriam

in memoriam*

A LIFE (for RON)


A handsome young man on a Bicycle

rode out of the Depression

with his pretty girl-friend perched

on the handlebars,

and travelled outback roads all across the Land,

aerials and antennae sprouting in his wake,

connecting towns with

Telephony & Television,

Came at last to build a home beside a creek

filled with children and the music of pianos.


Years pass, the fond father becomes

the doting grandfather, an amiable white-haired elder

the Family Foundation & Rock.

Fledglings flown the nest

he takes to travelling once more

flies with his bicycle girl to Vienna

to dance at the Palace Ball,

Spends his last years like some

lone scientest, a Kenmore Copernicus,

pondering the perfect algorithim to plot

to the far horizon

some infinite curve

that only he could see.


Stood his ground against Death

as it battered at him, bit by bit,

battling to the last as he loses a toe.. a foot..

a knee.. a hip… yes, a hard Man

to keep down and

in the End

even though his legs gave out

his Heart never did.



* in memorium

The Reverend Hellfire offers up this poem as a tribute to Ron,

the beloved father of the Rev’s esteemed Personal Assistant.

Talented Electrical Engineer, ever-reliable Suburban Family-Man and all round “Good Bloke”, we at Sunday Sermons extend our deepest sympathies to his wife and family, and bid Ron a fond farewell.

Vale Old Timer.



The Reverend Hellfire is a practised Performance Poet,

Secretary of the Kurilpa Institute of Creativity

and an Ordained Minister of the Church of Spiritual Humanism.

“Who will rid me of this turbulent priest?!”


~ by reverendhellfire on February 9, 2020.

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