Mark Clark

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Mark Clark is an Aussie songwriter, scriptwriter, voice over, author and drama coach. He was Pip in the ABC's version of Ethel Turner's Seven Little Australians.

Animal Time

Hold fast your Spartan toes, strange animal,

Cling, and with your bat-like tenacity

Swing forgotten

In the fluid machinery of clock time.


Pond your silly neck upon foreign shores, strange animal

And like generations before you

Cower in your lonely chamber

Jealous of the sun.


Wings for a dungeon.

Kite freedom.


I sit in my quiet corner

And thumb a passive pencil

Dreaming I dreamt a dream

Thoughts jerk uneasy

Like uncomfortable house guests

Seeking expression in an ashtray.

They will not be still.


Date written: Mid 1980