|L. Th. Lehmann [1920-2012]|
photo: Leo van Velzen
I proposed once Peg, from Geelong,
and was refused,
for a year I still got real tears in my eyes
when I heard 'Waltzing Mathilda'
because I didn't know any other Australian song.
Almost twenty years later
I met a typically
re-emigrated Dutch couple.
Their little son still had a platypus
made of nylon wool, called the plat pussy,
with in the belly a music box
that played 'Waltzing Mathilda'.
(Original title: 'Duck-billed platypus' - from: 'Gedichten 1939-1998', 2000 - Uitgeverij De Bezige Bij, Amsterdam)