Jack by Sherryl Clark

S04EP7 – Jack by Sherryl Clark


Ten years later, scrub-cutting, milking
in a cowshed rank with shit and sour milk
and when is there ever time for girls?

The old bastard builds himself a shack
as though he’s too high-falutin’ to live
with his wife and kids.


The story of my grandfather and how mean he was has been like a family echo for many years. This poem is my attempt to capture what it must have been like for my father, the burden of the farm debt, and the way this story is part of us all.

Sherryl Clark is a writer and poet, who has published children’s books, poetry and been the co-editor of Poetrix magazine for 20 years. After teaching writing for many years, she is now focusing on her own writing, and especially her crime fiction.

You can find the latest on her website.





Memoria was written,  produced, edited and presented by Natalie V.

Jack was written and read by Sherryl Clark.  The story was sound edited by Jen Farrow.

Music in this episode was by Blue Dot Sessions,   Sage the Hunter, When in the West and The Envelope.

Illustrations by Peta Manning. Her book, See Me Doodle, is out now.



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