About the poet
Damien Pragnell was born in Sydney, N.S.W.
He was educated at Pendle Hill High School and has an Associate Diploma in Applied Science (Library Studies).
He enjoys writing short stories as well as poetry and has a keen interest in theatre, collecting CDs and going to rock concerts.
Damien lives on the gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
A Sample of the book:
with love to my father John Snr.
my mother Theresa (dec), who wrote this poem for me
day I was born:
Lord, as heart and arms enfold
richer gift than gems or gold,
thank Thee for Thy pledge of love,
wondrous babe from heaven above.
yet in truth he is not mine,
Thou didst design
and love should vie,
redeem and sanctify.
Thee this little one was made,
Thee the price of ransom paid,
now grace pours its dazzling light
out a soul of dazzling white!
Lord, enable me to be
worthy instrument for Thee
lead to holiness my son
perfect what Thou has begun.
FATHER, MY FRIEND
a friend who knows he canít lose.
war in Europe saw him this side of invincible.
life few of us would choose.
his wandering spirit took hold.
cast aside the evils he had seen
the world and back again.
in this wide brown land,
found the woman of his dreams.
somewhere in his story, I came along.
up in the footsteps of this man.
to the beat of a different drum.
within a spirit that could not be denied.
we see in the new century together.
soul mate had to fly away.
a place where daylight dreams are done.
day my friend will join her.
her smile again.
will sit in our favourite cafe.
coffee... for one.
of the day when I will call him father.
will smile his gentle smile.
call his humble son, back home once more
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