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THE ICEBERG LETTERS
Dear bush poetry
on 22/02/2015 1:00:00 AM | Comments (0)
May I be so bold to suggest, you’ve gone a bit cliché?
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Dear bush poetry,
THOUGHTS have swirled within my head,
So much I thought I’d better,
Sit down beneath a gumtree here,
And write to you a letter.
I love to hear and read just what,
A poet has to say,
But may I be so bold to suggest,
You’ve gone a bit cliché?
There’ll be mention of a drover,
Who worked till setting sun,
Who drove cattle as any drover could,
Til his droving days were done.
The billy’s boiling and someone will,
Vent their government frustration,
While ringers are branding and shoeing horses,
On a big old cattle station.
Common phrases to include,
Like ‘hands as tough as leather’,
Until the poem no doubt will touch,
On the farmer’s dependence on weather.
Floods and drought and floods and drought,
And mud and dust and mud,
Crops and seasons, grass and trees,
And back to drought and flood.
You’d better mention the wildlife,
And native flowers bloom,
Wattle, gum, wombat, roo,
And the kookaburra’s tune.
There’ll be something there about a horse,
Which the writer has been smitten,
It’s the greatest beast to have ever lived,
Until the next poem is written.
Shearing is such fertile ground,
To write some prose about,
Or the scallywag eccentric,
Who was really a drunken lout.
Damper, swags and river flows,
And stockman saddle-sore.
Bunyips, ghosts and wattle trees,
Soldiers off to war.
Romances that faded into dreams,
The unrelenting sun.
Ned Kelly, Bradman and Slim Dusty,
Yep, they’ve all been done.
I understand quite totally,
It’s not about the bubble and fizz,
That all these things you mention,
Well, that’s just what the bush is.
I admit there’s just no argument,
No need for words so terse,
I really was just keen to see,
If I could write this all in verse.
is the editor of Good Fruit and Vegetables.
Dear readers - the majority of an iceberg sits below the surface, and it may just take one special letter to see what else lurks under the tip of a topic.
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