Bruce Dawe Response:
The author is successful in immersing and engaging the attention of the readers. We can understand the persona's thoughts through multiple language and poetic techniques. The poem depicts the restlessness of a transient, gipsy like, rouseabout family who often 'drift' due to the fathers job. We learn about the characters and how they over come family distancing.
There are subtle suggestions of uncertainty in life; (“one day soon...”), aimlessness, shiftless, feckless (“unpacked bottling-set”) and unfulfilled dreams; (“make a which Tom, make a wish”). These connotational lines are conveyed through sound effects likes, soft, smooth constants and gentle vowels which carry the poem and onomatopoeic “bump” which gives a verbal representation.
The poem illustrates impermanence of the families existence. The author uses parenthesis; “for no reason” and “she'll only remember how, ...”. Realistic expectations but not an actual event are revealed through future tense lines like “One day soon...”. Australian colloquialisms like “brown kelpie” and “ute” contrast the somewhat semi formal conversational tone, to which could depict the character to be relaxed or easy going. The poem is connective; We are brought back through repetition and The use of “and” several times throughout the poem, conveying an ongoing, enjambment or confession.
The poem depicts an typical Aussie Moderns day rouseabout and the struggle to overcome yet another move. The matter of fact style with the lack of tone gives us an image of the man indirectly through his family. The economical depiction is cleverly shown through laconic expressions and ellipsis. The poems tells us how the family is unable to establish roots because they keep moving house/communities. The mother has abandoned control of where the family is headed.