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My Cousin Alf

Written by my Cousin Susan Northwood who thinks she cannot write. She wrote this poem for me. pleaser let her know that she can write very well, she is also an excellent artist. By the way, I am back from my holiday, and glad to be back with you all.

My cousin  Alf.

Whilst searching on the net one day
A name jumped out on me
Peter Duggan, as he is known
My cousin, that he be.
A crazy man, a writer too
Speaks his mind, I kid not you
He loves to argue, and debate
Gossip, and trivia, he does so hate.

He wrote me emails, all the time
And many poems in rhythm, and rhyme
His words were calming, made sense to me
Helped my fears,and anxieties.
Life for him had not been kind
Bullied, beaten, and a troubled mind
But here he was, helping me
With all my anger, that He could see

As time did pass, my life got better
Thanks to him, and all his letters
Back and forth, we wrote like mad
Happy laughing, and sometimes sad.
Now here in Oz, I've come to see
My cousin, and his family
Yes he's just how I imagined
Loves all life, and writes with passion.

He argues, talks, and often shouts
Sings, and laughs, but what about?
Yes, he's blunt, and can be rude
He'll shock you too, if you're a prude
But underneath his suit of armour
There stands a man, who's met his karma
All he wants is peace in in life
No more trouble. fights and strife.

There's many souls who cannot cope
With this loud, outspoken bloke
But I know where this man is from
He says it in his words and songs.
So for me he is not Peter
Or Billy, John or Ralph
He simply is my cousin 
Also known as Alf.

Written by Susan Northwood, for Peter Duggan.

Copyright © Peter Duggan

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  1. Date: 11/25/2013 6:44:00 PM
    Ah, my cousin Alf, I wrote this as a thank you for all the words you sent to me, words of encouragement , compassion, understanding and trust, I feel blessed to have you as my cuz x

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 11/26/2013 5:18:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Suzi. This is a great poem and I appreciate you writing it for me....Peterxx
  1. Date: 11/21/2013 9:12:00 PM
    Peter This is a terrific and lovely dedication to you. The words she wrote allows the reader to see how much she admires and thinks of you. Thanks for the nice and insightful tribute on my Legacy poem.

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 11/22/2013 4:05:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Robin. She brought her hubby and son over to Australia to see me a month or so ago. I hadn't seen her since she was my bridesmaid in nineteen sixty five. Once again I appreciate you perusing my pages....peter
  1. Date: 10/10/2013 10:20:00 PM
    wow, high praise she gave you. HOW NICE> And yes, she can WRITE. I have a nephew I call my "favorite" and he loves to write, but not poetry. I would be in heaven if he did something like this for me.

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 10/11/2013 12:32:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    She is a wonderful lady with a fantastic hobby and son. They came here from England to visit us, and her son and husband built me this big fishpond for me. How wonderful is that. Susi Has PD, but you never hear her moan. She will be thrilled to bits at you comment. Thank you so much Andrea....Peter
  1. Date: 10/10/2013 11:32:00 AM
    beatiful piece of writing pete nice to see you back

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 10/10/2013 4:54:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Liam, it is my cousins poem, I am just trying to make her see that she really can write; she will; love your comments...Peter
  1. Date: 10/9/2013 11:59:00 PM
    Peter, well done, i had fun reading all the names here... familiar with them through movies..............SKAT

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 10/10/2013 4:54:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Skat, always lovely to read your comments....Peter
  1. Date: 10/9/2013 9:38:00 PM
    Yes, it's nice piece, Peter

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 10/10/2013 4:55:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you so much Doc, My cousin will love to read this comment....Peter