Doc Drumheller

Doc Drumheller has worked in award-winning groups for theatre and music and has published 10 collections of poetry. He has performed widely overseas and throughout NZ. He lives in Oxford, where he edits and publishes the literary journal Catalyst.

Doc Drumheller


Some Things My Daddy Used to Say


My Daddy used to say a lot of things
sometimes four letter words muttered to himself.

He never really liked to lose at cards
as close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.

And never forget there are only two types
of music in this world: Country and Western.

But more often than not he would charm you
after all, he is happy as Larry.

He simplified the serious as sometimes son
you bite the bear and sometimes the bear bites you.

But when he said: Now let me ask you a question:
do you think they have country music in heaven?

Then I thought of that old Hank Williams song: If heaven
ain’t a lot like Dixie I don’t wanna go