Reflections from Eda Payne


Yes, it is important to
separate from the past
the parts that are corrosive,
damaging and dangerous,
that suck the humanity
from our marrow
leaving bitterness and
revenge in their wake.

I want to approach
the past intelligently.
To acknowledge – it
was not perfect –
and leave it. It is
all such a mess,
such a waste of hate.
And the truth is, the
past IS a different country
from which I have emigrated.


I haven’t a thought in my head
to wrap a poem around.
the pace of life splinters thoughts
and scatters them to become
the flotsam and jetsam
of the mind, a soup of confusion.

There was a time when thoughts
were clear and led to productive
musings. Now they crowd in
like so much brain traffic
and there is no policeman
on point duty.

Eda Payne

Eda is a retired teacher living in Adelaide and is now a creative writer in both Irish and English. Eda was born in Dublin, and grew up in Edenderry, Co. Offaly. Her family emigrated to London when she was 15 and she worked in Lloyds Bank prior to her leaving for Adelaide in 1959.  It was in Adelaide that  she met her husband Brian, a cellist. She has published poetry and short stories and written a memoir for her grandchildren about her early life in Ireland.

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