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I lift my eyes off the page, siting in the shade of the bakery.

Cast my eyes to the blue sky.

The horizon of my childhood and youth.

A single palm tree top appeared high above the shop lined roof.

I feeling the soft cool of the mid-winter air,

the pleasure of Brisbane suburban sub-tropic.

I am alive, not as my lover is, but as she was.

Coffee, a garnished sandwich, a book, a shaded cafe table,

and the senses, all the senses,

This is my life at its full,

though never complete until

the history is told.


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Neville Buch (Pronounced Book) Ph.D. is a certified member of the Professional Historians Association (Queensland). Since 2010 he has operated a sole trade business in history consultancy. He was a Q ANZAC 100 Fellow 2014-2015 at the State Library of Queensland. Dr Buch was the PHA (Qld) e-Bulletin, the monthly state association’s electronic publication, and was a member of its Management Committee. He is the Managing Director of the Brisbane Southside History Network.

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