Henry Briffa, born in Malta, runs a Psychology practice in Melbourne Australia. His chapbook Walking Home was published by Melbourne Poets Union in 2019. In 2018 he received a special commendation in the Queensland Poetry Festival Elder Emerging Poet Mentorship Award. His poems have been published in local journals and overseas.
A duelling guitar, tuned to the key of G
accompanies a slam poet of the ‘50s.
Battlers from St Albans,
havin’ their go at Melbourne establishment
this pair keen to show
the’ re a better poet /guitarist than the next.
Lyrics lace impromptu rhymes on Maltese proverbs.
folktales of Ġaħan slaying the giant,
so the little guy gets a fair go.
The scale somehow Abyssinian,
heavy with historic battles
while some riffs express
longing for home
the voice, sounding like a wail
a signature of this
about who can best
of a post-war pop culture
now viewed on U-tube back home
as some quaint Aussie joke.
*Traditional Maltese impromptu poetry with accompanying folk guitar
still found in the Maltese diaspora but now rarely heard in Malta.
Ġaħan is a wise working class hero in Maltese folktales
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Poetry in this post: © Henry Briffa
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