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.

Wedding Bells and Graves

When the soul is mad with pleasure in its youthful years

And enthusiasm gallops broken-reigned;

When the master is asleep, his house attended not

And his children unattended in their play;

When the babes crash o'er the woods like kites on broken strings

And their world is full of marvels unrestrained,

Plays full or broken stringed within their maverick hearts

Both in their equal measure- love and pain.


Then an ugly, brittle voice about the canyon walls

Echoes like a bullet in a name

And each whose name is heard must tread the piper's path

To pass from magic night to broad clear day.


Now, all at once the passion of its youthful years

Is spent like desert wind and in its place

Are erected routines sensible

In fortresses impregnable-

A metred life of wedding bells and graves.


Date written: 6.7.92