Photo By Jools Thatcher

Photo By Jools Thatcher

The theme for this week’s JVG Radio Method poem is “ Answer The Call” (or the annual give 3RRR lots of money bit) .

Last year I was on the opposite side of the world for Radiothon but this year I am totally enjoying being in the semi-organised chaos that is the the RRR studio.

I had a lookat what I wrote last year and it sums it up pretty well

I love Radiothon because it brings together all the elements that make a Community radio station work – Dozens of musicians and performers lending their support, the volunteers looking after the phone room, sponsors chipping in with some great prizes, management running round making cups of tea and clearing up and most importantly our subscribers who make it all possible.

And, of course, not forgetting the presenters, like your self JVG, relishing the mayhem and the buzz it creates around the studio

My travels have reinforced how high the standard of Community radio is in Melbourne and how lucky we are to have a station like RRR.

I’ll be subscribing during Radiothon and I hope you will be too.

The backing is by Ed using his computer skills.

To play this poem directly in your browser – just click the “play” button below:


Also have a listen to the tracks on the new EP “Once We Were Kings Of The World

Radiothon 2012 “Answer the call” Week 1

When their teacher announced an excursion to the zoo
“Pig” Mill’s excited howls were quickly echoed by the crew

You’d assume “Spanner” Chaplee was overjoyed as well
Since his face showed no emotion, nobody could tell

More than frugal with his words and a mind just out of reach
A grunt from “Spanner” Chaplee was equal to a speech

Sitting quietly on the bus with his trademark vacant stare
He pondered who knows what and dreamt of who knows where

As they tumbled off the coach, through the gates in single file
“Spanner”, in a blink, flashed what almost seemed a smile

They scampered round all day: frenzied, joyful squeals
Elephants, snakes, koalas, gibbons, hippos, bears and seals

“Squirrel” Tyrrell liked the tigers: Bruno Lucek loved the roos
While “Rabbit” McGorry, as always, couldn’t choose

Lindy Dent plumped for meerkats – just, as her pick of the bunch
“Pig” Mills was in no doubt though – his favourite thing was lunch

They crawled back to the bus, their excursion all but done
The teacher did a head count and found the number short by one

It was “Spanner” who was missing: the teacher called for calm
Retraced their steps three times, before sounding the alarm

Concern turned to panic when they spotted “Spanner’s” coat
It was on Gorilla Island, right beside the moat

Perhaps captured by those great apes, scared out of his wits?
Was he lying out there injured? Or worse – torn to bits?

At the mercy of a Silverback; helpless as a kitten?
Do not surrender hope for his fate is not yet written

What becomes of “Spanner” is uncertain as I speak
Though all will be revealed, on this show, same time next week

From deep within the forest came a lonely, mournful, bawl
Was it “Spanner”? And can he count on friends answering the call?

© Copyright 2012 Ian Bland

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