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The Avondale Poets
David Harold Crowe


David Harold Crowe is a great great grandson of
"McLachlan of Avondale".

Understand

This poem is a tribute to the memory
of Harold Crowe 1907 - 1987,
the husband of Phoebe Mabel McLachlan,
It is written circa 1980, by a grandson,
David Harold Crowe

 Harold Crowe wed Phoebe McLachlan @ Paddington NSW in 1933
Harold Crowe wed Phoebe McLachlan @ Paddington NSW in 1933

The moonlight shines on a midnight pond
When freedom rides I must respond.
I cannot hold back my feelings anymore
When Granddad died it shook me to my core.

I might have been wrong long ago
But I'll be right by tomorrow.
Tomorrow never comes so they say
Like an Antarctic dolphin in an Aussie bay.

Harold Crowe @ Wooloomooloo docks Sydney harbour in 1934
Harold Crowe @ Wooloomooloo docks Sydney harbour in 1934

Here I'm sitting back ... thinking of times.
My memories will soon be put into rhymes.
Once a rebel I was & thought always would be.
Independence was what I wanted & for you to see.

I got the news more than two years late
Of the passing of somebody truly great.
I have many regrets now that I'm more mature,
But my biggest regret is .. one great man fewer.

Harold Crowe  on holiday @ Katoomba in Blue Mountains west of Sydney  NSW -  Christmas 1964
Harold Crowe on holiday @ Katoomba in Blue Mountains west of Sydney NSW - Christmas 1964

I only wish to have seen him just one more time
And hear his words of wisdom like church bell chime.
He was a God-loving man.  ...  Bless his soul!
He'll be all right in Heav'n, like a newborn foal.

Harold Crowe & wife Phoebe McLachlan @ Blackheath Blue Mountains NSW circa  1967
Harold Crowe & wife Phoebe McLachlan @ Blackheath Blue Mountains NSW circa 1967

- David Harold Crowe


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