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Life Outback

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Life Outback

Dawn too short and a baby sun
is grown to womanhood within an hour
and sends the Tablelands the sweeping gesture 
of her fiery arms.
Further out, explosions of dry Spinifex grass;
the distant desert's oily ticking bomb.
Black smoke rolls on the breeze
above the ribbon of the red blaze line.
The clanks of the metal mill man
draw life from the deep down artery,
the hot wind his assistant,
goads the blade into rotation.
Droughtmaster chews on churlish Mitchell grass
and salt bush watered by the moonlight dew.
Wandering, blinking in the dust
along the wire on the Forty Mile Fence.

Relentless women sigh in torpid dreams.
Moist fishtail ferns fan out around the tank,
soft drips; the hard water of little tears
on to the hallowed garden.
They grow like ragged wildflowers;
the sun burned clay plains men
far out in the fade of the red twilight. 

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  1. Date: 4/4/2013 7:17:00 PM
    A vivid portrait of words and onto my Favs list it goes Good on you! SuZ

    Walsh Avatar Mike Walsh
    Date: 4/17/2013 4:30:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks for this. Not been here for awhile. You are new? Enjoy....Mike
  1. Date: 10/12/2012 5:17:00 PM
    A well-drawn portrait of hardy and tenacious people who survive in difficult circumstances...you have done well with this piece. Congratulations on being featured this week.

    Walsh Avatar Mike Walsh
    Date: 4/17/2013 5:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Leo....you seem to have gotten to the core of this....Mike
  1. Date: 10/10/2012 5:56:00 AM
    Congratulations on your amazing featured poem this week Mike. Love, Carol

    Walsh Avatar Mike Walsh
    Date: 4/17/2013 4:28:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Carol. Mike
  1. Date: 6/6/2012 5:56:00 AM
    This is explicitly awesome. I love the piece so much and I think I will be checking on your other wonderful works... Its a blessing coming to your page and I hope you do well to stop by too. Once again, nice work.

    Walsh Avatar Mike Walsh
    Date: 6/7/2012 8:42:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thankyou..Funom Makama...what a lovely name...a poem by itself...smiles...m
  1. Date: 6/3/2012 1:13:00 AM
    This truly is a piece of exception descriptive beauty... a baby sun reaching womanhood in an hour... how could one not sigh at this wonderful piece of imagination...this colours and images in this write do as Keith Bickerstaff says... this is a masterpiece which deserves many eyes and minds to settle on it and sigh at its sheer magnificence..if i seem enthusiastic i so am... its a piece to read times and again... bravo. karen

    Walsh Avatar Mike Walsh
    Date: 6/5/2012 2:14:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Karen I guess sometimes it comes out better when we write about something that really pulls at our heart strings...KB has the nack...I sense you have it too...thanks for this...see you in the soup...mike
  1. Date: 5/31/2012 7:48:00 AM
    ah, from sunrise to sunset, a lovely free verse. You are talented with free verse. Enjoyed. hugs, Catie :)

    Walsh Avatar Mike Walsh
    Date: 6/5/2012 2:10:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    mmm...you saw it....thanks Catie
  1. Date: 5/29/2012 11:44:00 AM
    Welcome to the soup and I enjoyed this very much, very vivid...Tanya

    Walsh Avatar Mike Walsh
    Date: 5/29/2012 3:25:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Tanya very kind...and for the welcome too...mike
  1. Date: 5/29/2012 7:46:00 AM
    you left me in the red twilight,deep,welcome

    Walsh Avatar Mike Walsh
    Date: 5/29/2012 8:17:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I see you there, thanks Richard
  1. Date: 5/28/2012 8:09:00 PM
    Where to start? A feast of fabulous imagery and outstanding phrasing. I could FEEL the heat, and SMELL the landscape. If you're not published you damnwell should be. This, my friend, is a masterpiece! Best wishes, Keith

    Walsh Avatar Mike Walsh
    Date: 5/29/2012 8:05:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Now and then something comes together that you are pleased with...Keith I'm sure you know the feeling..so thanks for this...as for publishing...perhaps one day I will...thanks for the encouragement...from you this is high praise...cheers Mike.
  1. Date: 5/28/2012 10:57:00 AM
    WOW YOU HAVE MUCH TALENT!!! I love the language and format.Spectacular imagery!!!

    Walsh Avatar Mike Walsh
    Date: 5/28/2012 6:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Elliott
    Walsh Avatar Mike Walsh
    Date: 5/28/2012 6:58:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Yeah..I'm happy with the way this came out...thanks Elliot...m
  1. Date: 5/28/2012 7:45:00 AM
    Welcome to PS. What a great poem you chose to start with.

    Walsh Avatar Mike Walsh
    Date: 5/28/2012 8:00:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Joan..yur very kind...finding my way about nicely...mike
  1. Date: 5/28/2012 5:42:00 AM
    Stunning write Mike...I knew with the Crikey you just left on my poem you had to be an Aussie.. :) Hugs xx

    Edwards Avatar Tracie Edwards
    Date: 5/28/2012 7:52:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Aussie..Aussie..Aussie..
    Walsh Avatar Mike Walsh
    Date: 5/28/2012 7:18:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Ha ha...the universal Aussie code word, just a little test ta make sure ya was fair dinkum. Thanks for reading this... Tracie ID...cheers mike
  1. Date: 5/27/2012 9:28:00 PM
    You've painted a canvas of words...such wonderful imagery. Enjoyed !!

    Walsh Avatar Mike Walsh
    Date: 5/28/2012 4:38:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks for reading Debra...Mike
  1. Date: 5/27/2012 7:30:00 PM
    oh my another red twilight. I just posted using that image too! This is marvelous writing. What craftsmanship!

    Walsh Avatar Mike Walsh
    Date: 5/28/2012 4:41:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    mmm... there's pretty much one every evening where I come from ...thanks Andrea...Mike