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Said Hanrahan [Australian bush poetry]
As this is a international board not everyone will know of Australian bush poetry. This is my favourite which inspired my nic:

Said Hanrahan

P.J. Hartigan ("John O’Brien")



"We’ll all be rooned," said Hanrahan
In accents most forlorn
Outside the church ere Mass began
One frosty Sunday morn.

The congregation stood about,
Coat-collars to the ears,
And talked of stock and crops and drought
As it had done for years.

"It’s lookin’ crook," said Daniel Croke;
"Bedad, it’s cruke, me lad
For never since the banks went broke
Has seasons been so bad."

"It’s dry, all right," said young O’Neil,
With which astute remark
He squatted down upon his heel
And chewed a piece of bark.

And so around the chorus ran
"It’s keepin’ dry, no doubt."
"We’ll all be rooned," said Hanrahan,
"Before the year is out.

"The crops are done; ye’ll have your work
To save one bag of grain;
From here way out to Back-O’-Bourke
They’re singin’ out for rain.

"They’re singin’ out for rain," he said,
"And all the tanks are dry."
The congregation scratched its head,
And gazed around the sky.

"There won’t be grass, in any case,
Enough to feed an ass;
There’s not a blade on Casey’s place
As I came down to Mass."

"If rain don’t come this month," said Dan,
And cleared his throat to speak –
"We’ll all be rooned," said Hanrahan, "
If rain don’t come this week."

A heavy silence seemed to steal
On all at this remark;
And each man squatted on his heel,
And chewed a piece of bark.

"We want an inch of rain, we do,"
O’Neil observed at last;
But Croke "maintained" we wanted two
To put the danger past.

"If we don’t get three inches, man,
Or four to break this drought,
We’ll all be rooned," said Hanrahan,
"Before the year is out."

In God’s good time down came the rain;
And all the afternoon
On iron roof and window-pane
It drummed a homely tune.

And through the night it pattered still,
And lightsome, gladsome elves
On dripping spout and window-sill
Kept talking to themselves.

It pelted, pelted all day long,
A-singing at its work,
Till every heart took up the song
Way out to Back-O’-Bourke.

And every creek a banker ran,
And dams filled overtop;
"We’ll all be rooned," said Hanrahan,
"If this rain doesn’t stop."

And stop it did, in God’s good time:
And spring came in to fold
A mantle o’er the hills sublime
Of green and pink and gold.

And days went by on dancing feet,
With harvest-hopes immense,
And laughing eyes beheld the wheat
Nid-nodding o’er the fence.

And, oh, the smiles on every face,
As happy lad and lass
Through grass knee-deep on Casey’s place
Went riding down to Mass.

While round the church in clothes genteel
Discoursed the men of mark,
And each man squatted on his heel,
And chewed his piece of bark.

"There’ll be bush-fires for sure, me man,
There will, without a doubt;
We’ll all be rooned," said Hanrahan,
"Before the year is out."
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RE: Said Hanrahan [Australian bush poetry]
Interesting read, thank you for sharing.
07-07-2015 07:42 AM
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RE: Said Hanrahan [Australian bush poetry]
Wow, that Hanrahan guy was a wordy sucker for a bushman. Big Grin Big Grin

Thanks

I did enjoy it.

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RE: Said Hanrahan [Australian bush poetry]
lol... folks never change Big Grin we'll all be rooned

هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه
Tongue Suck Technique for prevention of mouth breathing:
  • Place your tongue behind your front teeth on the roof of your mouth
  • let your tongue fill the space between the upper molars
  • gently suck to form a light vacuum
Practising during the day can help you to keep it at night

هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه
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RE: Said Hanrahan [Australian bush poetry]
Thanks Hanrahan that was certainly a good read'

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RE: Said Hanrahan [Australian bush poetry]
Thanks Hanrahan - I really like bush poetry. This is my favourite, especially in the brilliant reading by the late Leonard Teale. There are a lot of bad renditions around - it's really quite hard to do well, but the imagery is wonderful.

Clancy of the Overflow
by AB Banjo Paterson

I had written him a letter which I had, for want of better Knowledge,
sent to where I met him down the Lachlan, years ago,
He was shearing when I knew him, so I sent the letter to him,
Just "on spec", addressed as follows: "Clancy, of The Overflow".

And an answer came directed in a writing unexpected,
(And I think the same was written in a thumbnail dipped in tar)
'Twas his shearing mate who wrote it, and verbatim I will quote it:
"Clancy's gone to Queensland droving, and we don't know where he are."

In my wild erratic fancy visions come to me of Clancy
Gone a-droving "down the Cooper" where the western drovers go;
As the stock are slowly stringing, Clancy rides behind them singing,
For the drover's life has pleasures that the townsfolk never know.

And the bush hath friends to meet him, and their kindly voices greet him
In the murmur of the breezes and the river on its bars,
And he sees the vision splendid of the sunlit plains extended,
And at night the wondrous glory of the everlasting stars.

I am sitting in my dingy little office, where a stingy
Ray of sunlight struggles feebly down between the houses tall,
And the foetid air and gritty of the dusty, dirty city
Through the open window floating, spreads its foulness over all.

And in place of lowing cattle, I can hear the fiendish rattle
Of the tramways and the buses making hurry down the street,
And the language uninviting of the gutter children fighting,
Comes fitfully and faintly through the ceaseless tramp of feet.

And the hurrying people daunt me, and their pallid faces haunt me
As they shoulder one another in their rush and nervous haste,
With their eager eyes and greedy, and their stunted forms and weedy,
For townsfolk have no time to grow, they have no time to waste.

And I somehow fancy that I'd like to change with Clancy,
Like to take a turn at droving where the seasons come and go,
While he faced the round eternal of the cashbook and the journal -
But I doubt he'd suit the office, Clancy, of "The Overflow".

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RE: Said Hanrahan [Australian bush poetry]
There's one I heard a long time ago in Hong Kong at an AustCham holiday do. Can remember the topic of the poem, but not the poet's name. Do you perhaps know it? It's called something like the Sheepherder's Wife? About the remedies for the isolation of the outback when the herder is away for long periods of time, and there's a hired hand about.

Some of the Chinese women guests walked out, so I'm not recommending posting it here -- just would like to find it -- for my memoirs, y'know.

SHa_biggrin5 Big Grin Tongue
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(07-09-2015 07:19 PM)AirSign Wrote:  There's one I heard a long time ago in Hong Kong at an AustCham holiday do. Can remember the topic of the poem, but not the poet's name. Do you perhaps know it? It's called something like the Sheepherder's Wife? About the remedies for the isolation of the outback when the herder is away for long periods of time, and there's a hired hand about.

Some of the Chinese women guests walked out, so I'm not recommending posting it here -- just would like to find it -- for my memoirs, y'know.

SHa_biggrin5 Big Grin Tongue

You might be thinking of "The Drover's Boy" by Ted Egan.
Live version (poor sound quality): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZV2eoULEqw
Studio version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEnKi3S-kUU

Lyrics here: http://www.lyricsfreak.com/j/john+willia...12307.html

The second-last verse puts everything in (shameful) context.

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