Photo By Jools Thatcher

Photo By Jools Thatcher

The theme for this week’s JVG Radio Method poem is “ Roses “.

A very genteel theme this week, “Roses” in honour of the afternoons musical feature, Irish and now Melbourne based singer/songwriter Roesy, who put in a cracking set.

After 14 years on Triple R, the much respected Owen McKern hosted his last edition of “Delivery” this afternoon and following “Roses” I have included a poem presented on air at his send off.

Ed Bates and his slide guitar supplied the accompaniment today.

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


He sorted through his Great Aunt’s things
Art Deco vase, garden shears
Walking stick, engagement ring
Not much to show for ninety years

Old photographs of happy days
Youthful smiles, hope, embossed
Faith, frozen in a sanguine gaze
Their stories like their names, long lost

A book on roses; a gardener’s guide
The cover frayed from use and age
A long dead bud, pressed, inside
And this, scrawled on the title page

“Here’s to the roses we will grow
Find joy in this till I return
For now my darling, I must go
All my love, as always, Vern”

Those hopes and dreams live ever on
Within the covers of that book
Beyond the page, they’ve long since gone
To a desert grave outside Tobruk

A petal crumbled from the bloom
Fell as dust upon the floor
Robbed of colour and perfume
What truer monument to war

© Copyright 2012 Ian Bland


“Listen – is that music I hear?”
The answer, as always, depends on the ear

Hypnotic lilt or dissonant drone
Descant or 1K reference tone

Intoxicating – Stimulating
And yes, at times excruciating

In the spaces in between; Delivery was there
A voice for those outside the square

All that community radio should be
“Listen – is that music I hear?”

Owen; your knowledge, interest and passion
Unfettered by genre, transcending fashion

Boundaries pushed; explored and expanded
Commensurate of respect you commanded

Respect of listeners, musicians and peers
That’s enough mush – Owen, you buy the beers

Each Sunday, at four, we’ll be thinking of you
Your spirit will linger in Studio Two

Poised, at the mic, you patiently wait
As usual, JVG, running ten minutes late

Others will follow; fresh ideas, evolution
Made all the stronger by your contribution

When I next hear a dog and cat – in a spat
I’ll stop and reflect, “Owen could have played that”

“Listen – is that music I hear?”

© Copyright 2012 Ian Bland

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