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Famous Billabongs Poems by Famous Poets

These are examples of famous Billabongs poems written by some of the greatest and most-well-known modern and classical poets. PoetrySoup is a great educational poetry resource of famous billabongs poems. These examples illustrate what a famous billabongs poem looks like and its form, scheme, or style (where appropriate).

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by Lawson, Henry

I saw a vision in days gone by and would dream that dream again
Of the days when the Darling shall not back her billabongs up in vain.
There were reservoirs and grand canals where the Dry Country had been,
And a glorious network of aqueducts, and the fields were always green.

I have seen so long in the land I love what the land I love might be,
Where the Darling rises from Queensland rains and the floods run into the sea.
And it is our fate that we'll wak...Read More

by Murray, Les>

Inside the forest was lamplit
along tracks to a starry creek bed
and beyond lay the never-fenced country,
its full billabongs all surrounded

by animals and birds, in loud crustings,
and sometimes kept leaping up amongst them.
And out there, to kindle whenever
dark found it, hung the daylight moon....Read More

by Lawson, Henry
...the Darling River: 

`I rise in the drought from the Queensland rain, 
`I fill my branches again and again; 
`I hold my billabongs back in vain, 
`For my life and my peoples the South Seas drain; 
`And the land grows old and the people never 
`Will see the worth of the Darling River. 

`I drown dry gullies and lave bare hills, 
`I turn drought-ruts into rippling rills -- 
`I form fair island and glades all green 
`Till every bend is a sylvan scene. 
`I have watered th...Read More

by Paterson, Andrew Barton
...water appeared in sight! 

'Tis a nasty place when the floods are out, 
Even in daylight; for all around 
Channels and billabongs twist about, 
Stretching for miles in the flooded ground. 
And to move seemed a hopeless thing to try 
In the dark with the storm-water racing by. 

I had to risk it. I heard a roar 
As the wind swept down and the driving rain; 
And the water rose till it reached the floor 
Of our highest room; and 'twas very plain -- 
The way the torr...Read More

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