A Winter's Night to Remember
Snow is falling
to the touch
She is half my age
but a crimson ribbon
Her foreign tongue
and an old gypsy song
Her skin shines
by the fire light
against the glass
from an unpronounceable
I bath within
TSTmpj: You write poetry and songs. Poetry and music, a potent combination. Who are some of your influences, favourites?
Clay Micallef: To name just a few, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Ani DiFranco, "of course" Bob Dylan, and last but not least Shane MacGowan. They're all amazing poets/musicians they still continue to fascinate and inspire me.
TSTmpj: Have you ever been to Sweden. Are you a fan of Stefan Edberg?
Clay Micallef: Unfortunately I haven't been to Sweden, though I have to say a Swedish singer songwriter Lykke Li was an inspiration for the poem, she is a very interesting and sexy performer, I really like her new album Wounded Rhymes. Stefan Edberg? I had to Google him, I don't follow any sports, a friend once said to me while watching a game of football, "Why don't they just give everyone a ball?" I thought that was quite humorous.
TSTmpj: What is your favourite type of chocolate?
Clay Micallef: I'm really liking Lindt chilli chocolate. Why wouldn't I? I mean wow! Just read the box...
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Western Australian poet and songwriter Clay Micallef lives in the town of Denmark. He enjoys reading, kayaking, eating home-cooked meals.