Poem of the week

The Average Man

                              by George Essex Evans (1894)

Brisbane Horse Drawn Tram,1888
Average Man, Horse Drawn Tram, SLQ 67155

His hat looks worn, and his coat-sleeves shine,
As I see him step from his 'bus at nine;
His boots are pieced and his tie home-made,
And his trousers patched where the edge was frayed,
And his face is lined by the stress of life
Where a man must fight for his bairns and wife.
"Who's that?" I ask, as his face I scan.
And the answer comes – "O, an average man."

He has not got notes, he has not got gold,
But his homely lunch, in his handbag old;


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