“Such is life.” Reputed to be the final words of the Australian outlaw,
Ned Kelly, before he was hanged at Melbourne in 1880.

A life, a death.
What’s one more life
(or death) in this
hard world?

Man is born of woman—
in this case
Mrs. Kelly
and her son Ned.

A wild colonial boy,
horse thief, bushranger
and mythical figure;

another man
in an iron mask;
a man whose passions
led inexorably
to the gallows.

Man who is born
of woman hath
but a short time
to live—

Mrs. Kelly, behold thy son.

Such is life.

Bill Fitzsimons

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