The theme this week for Jon’s JVG Radio Method on 3RRR is “GRAVE”. Obviously Jon was honouring the ANZAC’s, or he’s just getting a bit fey.

Click to hear today’s poem… [audio:JVG_Poem20080427.mp3]

Jon I and chatted about books, Boy George, The Queen and the CD Launch next week.

The backing had Ed Bates back in his usual role of accompanist on the slide guitar.


GRAVE

JACKSON KELLY WAS BORN IN A SLUM, AS A CHILD HE SWORE
HE WOULD WALK IN HAND WITH THE DEVIL BUT HE WOULD NOT LIVE LIFE POOR

HE GREW TO BE A HANDSOME MAN THOUGH HE COULD NOT WRITE NOR READ
HE SOON FOUND TO MAKE HIS WAY HIS CHARM WAS ALL HE’D NEED

LIZZY RAYE WAS SEARCHING FOR LOVE AND A LITTLE TO READY TO TRUST
ALL JACKSON SAW WAS A PILE OF MONEY ONCE HE’D TURNED HER IN TO DUST

AS THEY MADE THOSE SACRED VOWS TILL DEATH SHOULD DO THEM PART
LITTLE COULD POOR LIZZIE KNOW WHAT LAY IN JACKSON’S HEART

LIZZY RAE WAS NOT THE FIRST, SEVEN HE HAD WED
EVERY WOMAN WHO WORE HIS RING BY HER OWN HAND WOUND UP DEAD

HE WOULD MOVE FROM TOWN TO TOWN TO HIDE HIS PAST SO BLACK
THE FEW WHO KNEW HIM WELL ENOUGH NAMED HIM SUICIDE JACK

EACH NIGHT HE’D COOK THE DINNER AND LACE HIS WIFE’S DESSERT
THOUGH IT LEFT HER FEELING POORLY IT WOULD DO NO LASTING HURT

NO HOSPITAL OR SURGEON COULD FIND WHAT AILED HER SO
TILL JACK SUGGESTED DOCTOR JAMES, SAID “THERE’S NOTHING HE DON’T KNOW”

THIS JAMES HE WAS NO HEALER AND FOR THE MONEY JACK WOULD GIVE
HE’D TELL POOR LIZZY, A HEALTHY WOMAN, SHE HAD BUT DAYS TO LIVE

THEN JACK BROKE DOWN AND HE DID WEEP DECLARED HIS LOVE SO STRONG
THAT HE WOULD RATHER END HIS LIFE THAN LIVE WHEN SHE WAS GONE

HE HELD HER CLOSE AND MADE A PACT OF WHICH BOTH PLEDGED NOT TO SPEAK
THEY’D DIE IN ONE ANOTHER’S ARMS BEFORE SHE GREW TOO WEAK

HE SAID “LIZZY YOU MUST LEAVE A NOTE TO SAY YOU DO THIS OF YOUR WILL”
THEN HE POURED THEM BOTH A GLASS OF WINE BUT ONLY ONE GLASS HELD A PILL

AS THE POISON TOOK EFFECT HE ALLOWED HIMSELF A SMILE
HE SAID “DEAR LIZZY, GO ON AHEAD, I COULD BE A WHILE”

SHE WAS BURIED OUTSIDE HOLY GROUND NO HUSBAND AT HER SIDE
JACK WAS SPENDING HER MONEY AND HUNTING FOR ANOTHER BRIDE

MARY REID WAS RICH THEY SAID AND WIDOWED RECENTLY
JACK DECLARED SIGHT UNSEEN “I’VE FOUND THE GIRL FOR ME”

BUT MARY WAS NO EASY TOUCH AND BEFORE SHE’D TAKE HIS NAME
“JACKSON KELLY YOU MUST SHOW YOUR LOVE BURNS LIKE A FLAME”

“WRITE ME YOUR INTENTIONS TO PROVE YOUR LOVE IS TRUE”
JACKSON WROTE “I’D RATHER DIE THAN LIVE ON WITHOUT YOU”

MARY SAID “WE’LL SEAL OUR LOVE WITH THE FINEST FRENCH CHAMPAGNE”
JACKSON TOOK BUT ONE SMALL SIP AND FELL DOWN WRACKED IN PAIN

MARY SAW HIS LOOK OF FEAR AND SAID “MY JACK BE BRAVE”
“FOR LIZZY RAE WAS MY SISTER DEAR AND SHE WAITS YOU IN THE GRAVE”

AS HE DREW HIS FINAL BREATH HE HEARD HIS MARY SAY
“DARLING JACK YOU ALWAYS SAID I TOOK YOUR BREATH AWAY”

THE CORONER FOUND SUICIDE WHEN HIS VERDICT WAS RETURNED
“JACKSON LOVED THIS MARY REID BUT HIS LOVE FOR HER WAS SPURNED”

MARY HAD A HEADSTONE CARVED “HERE LIES SUICIDE JACK”
“IF YOU LOVE SOMEONE ENOUGH TO DIE FOR THEM MAKE SURE THEY LOVE YOU BACK”

© Copyright 2008 Ian Bland

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