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.

Upon a Razor's Edge

What might be

What may have been

As I doodle in these empty cubes of time

Is not for me to know.

The steady pulse of night

Can extirpate with careless hands

The flower it has so laboriously grown.

One second

For he agony of routine words upon the phone

To fill my heart with disbelief and tragedy.

One second

To shatter the illusion of a lifetime

To knife the threads of logic to non sense

To charge with fact

Tranquility to chaos.


Weak with an anger that feeble limbs betray

This belching heart within frail limbs

Is in an instant caged.

Trapped by a knowledge that time will not reverse

My bulk becomes a coffin for my brain

I am a hearse

Until the fog of bathroom tiles

In cubicles of vision

Spills its life without remorse

Upon a razor's edge

One second


What might have been

Was not;

And I may breathe again.


Date written: 8/9/80