(1989. Working with Irish Triads of a similar name, to explore techniques.)
Three excellent qualities in naration:
a good flow,
depth of thought,
Three dislikable qualities in the same:
Three things that are always ready in a decent man’s house:
a good TV.
Three accomplishments well regarded in Australia:
an orginal joke,
performance on the sporting field,
conviction in hard times.
Three smiles worse than griefs:
the smile of a dingo snacking,
the smile of your lover when another man has been with her,
the smile of an Aids carrier offering you a syringe.
Three things with the lightest hearts:
a student after gettin an “A”,
a young woman embarking on a pleasent journey,
a boy in the arms of his first lover.
The three doors by which deceit enters:
anger in retaliatory defence,
evidence from a bad memory.
Three times when speech is better than silence:
when urging against violence in action,
when quoting a well turned line of poetry,
when giving due praise.
Three scarcities that are better than abundance:
scarcity of fance talk,
a scarcity of grazing stock in a small paddock,
a scarcity of glasses around a jug of beer.