Author's note: This poem was written 'during and after an ice storm in Ohio. Such disasters seeem irrelevant in the face of the horror in the Indian Ocean.' (The Sydney Morning Herald, 4 January 2005, p.4)
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Note: Kinsella requested that his author payment for publication in the Sydney Morning Herald be donated to the Red Cross in the wake of the 26 December 2004 tsunami disaster that struck south and south-east Asia.