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Campfire

If ever there’s a campfire, rekindled as the sun goes down, where ghosts of articulated writers, return and gather ‘round; raise their glasses to a toast to commemorate their rhyme, I wish that I could be there if they gathered just one time. The awe would be amazing, as they recalled our young country, as we grew out of ‘childhood’ at the end of the last century, where man and horse immortalized, would blaze our new frontier. I would disregard the ‘here and now’ for their writings then to hear. So stoke the fire ‘Banjo’ mate, lift the hair upon my neck. Let me ride with you your dashing steed, flared nostrils and unchecked. So graceful burns your outback; I urge the blaze reach higher, so ‘Banjo’, won’t you be a mate and put another log upon the fire. And as you do the flame will lift; only your voice will be heard. I’ll sit here amongst your peers and imitate you word for word, for you breathe the outback into laughter, rhyme and bubbling mirth, and draft the patriotic feelings for the hands that toil the earth. And if that campfire should burn low, for time often turns it’s back, and we let the weeds grow thick and tall. We might lose our walking track. History repeats itself surely; there is constant conflict on the land, so we must turn the pages back and read from the people’s hand. So stoke the fire Henry mate; read us all another verse. Incite the flames inside my mind for those who feel much worse. Cast your light to ‘edge the sword’. Pen your class desire. So Henry won’t you be a mate and put another log upon the fire. Then sparks shall fly and burn the flesh, of they who’d down-tread the poor, and warm the hearts of the striking men who defy the corporate corps. Fill the stomachs of the wretched souls, where hunger is so real. Put faith back into broken hearts and return their backs to steel. As the night grows deeper and the Southern Cross grows brighter, more logs are thrown upon the fire, as up steps every writer. McKellar, Gilmore, Gordon, paint with words of bush-land hues. Dennis, Kendell, Ogalvie, add heritage and humour to these views. There’s all those other balladeers who may have added just one twig, and so they keep the campfire burning, although not quite as big, but their feelings are as real; they’ve lashed out and struck the core, of Australia and Australians, fighting drought, flood, fire and war. With the waking from my dreaming, there’s the book still on my knees, and I can feel the lore still with us with the movement in the trees, There’s still enough of us Australians who can keep the legend growing … so come on put your pens to paper, and keep the ‘campfire’ glowing.

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Date: 6/20/2021 10:19:00 AM
So important to remember one's heritage - you describe the campfire, the fire ablaze, the famous poets poems, not letting the Australian History ever be forgotten as they write of Australians fighting drought, flood, fire and war. Your encouragement to keep the legends going in today's world is stupendous. Well penned my friend Lindsay, blessings and hugs, Jennifer.
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Lindsay Laurie
Date: 6/20/2021 11:09:00 PM
Hello Jennifer ... it is us poets from all countries around the world that keep the heritage alive for future generations hopefully. Thank you once again Jennifer for your support - Lindsay
Date: 6/9/2021 4:34:00 PM
That campfire will burn a whole lot longer if you were to throw a few twigs of your own on. You’re certainly entitled. I began reading and wondering if I could guess the punchline... soon abandoned that notion and revelled in your reverie. Brilliant Lindsay. Terry
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Lindsay Laurie
Date: 6/20/2021 11:04:00 PM
Hello Terry ... I must say I was highly influenced by these bush balladeers of the late eighteen hundreds. Their story telling was brilliant and writing even more so. I'm pleased you enjoyed this bush ballad Terry - Lindsay
Date: 5/25/2021 6:15:00 PM
Superfantabulous, Lindsay! What a classic campfire poem. Right into my faves, my friend. Right on, and write on, please. :) gw
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Date: 5/30/2021 9:48:00 PM
Hello Gershon ... now that's a word from out of the blocks. With the title, it's possibly not what you expected, but all the same, I'm pleased that you enjoyed this one - thank you Gershon - Lindsay
Date: 5/25/2021 9:17:00 AM
Lindsay this is fabulous. One of your very best. You never fail to interest and enthuse. I love this. A fave for me. In these words I can see and feel the love you have for your home and the people you know and those brave ones you have read about. Bravo my friend. God Bless, JB
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Date: 5/30/2021 9:44:00 PM
Hello Judy ... we should all have pride in our respective countries to show respect to the pioneers who paved the way for where we are and who we are today. I'm pleased you enjoyed this poem Judy - Lindsay
Date: 5/25/2021 2:05:00 AM
Hi Lindsay, that’s an awesome write and I’d love to sit by the campfire one night. Not only to re-visit poetry from the greats of the past, but to burn my poems in the flames of memory so that they may last. Wonderful! ~ Belle
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Date: 5/30/2021 9:41:00 PM
Hello Belle ... thank you so much for your comment Belle. I believe many Australians of today would love to have the privilege of attending also. I'm pleased you enjoyed my heritage poem Belle - Lindsay
Date: 5/25/2021 1:44:00 AM
Wow Lindsay, this is magnificent! The pride you feel in Australia stands out in every line. I love your country and its people and hope to visit again one day. This wonderful tribute should be honored with POTD or POTW! It is in my book! I am putting this into my Faves. I just loved it! Blessings, Connie xxoo
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Date: 5/30/2021 9:34:00 PM
Hello Connie ... it's the continuation of pioneer spirit that is kept alive through terrific poetry here, especially from greats; Henry Lawson and Banjo Patterson who most would know in some way from poems immortal. I just adore their work and the influence that has driven me - thanks Connie - Lindsay
Date: 5/24/2021 3:48:00 PM
this shows such love and pride in your country. I do wish I could visit it one day, but that will probably never happen, especially if they make us have vaccine passports. haha. I may be only traveling inside my house in the future. Anyway, I enjoyed this and the cool metaphors you used too.
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Date: 5/30/2021 9:28:00 PM
Hello Andrea ... cities in Australia are much similar to cities all over the world; it's the outback and isolation that possibly is the difference. Yes, we will living in different times for quite a fear. We are back in isolation and people are getting angry. I'm pleased you enjoyed this poem Andrea - Lindsay
Date: 5/21/2021 8:55:00 PM
Lindsay, This is a beautiful tribute to Australia, her founders, and her heritage. It makes me think of the truths that have been expressed under the influence of a night sky, close friends, memorable literature, and, yes, a campfire. You are a poet who has no aesthetic limitations. Amazing! Hugs, Paul
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Date: 5/30/2021 8:42:00 PM
Hello Paul ... thank you for your terrific comment. Perhaps poets of today are continuing the heritage of the master writers from times gone by - thank you Paul - Lindsay
Date: 5/21/2021 10:50:00 AM
Well thought and done, Lindsay! Congratulations! Aloha! Rico
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Lindsay Laurie
Date: 5/30/2021 7:17:00 PM
Hello Rico ... I appreciate your comments Rico, and I'm pleased you enjoyed this verse combining our finest bush poets - thanks Rico - Lindsay
Date: 5/20/2021 6:16:00 PM
Always awesome my friend. You always amaze me with your well written poems. love phyl
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Date: 5/30/2021 7:14:00 PM
Hello Phyllis ... I shouldn't amaze you Phyllis. We all can write some wonderful poetry and that's why I enjoy this poetry site - thank you Phyllis - Lindsay
Date: 5/20/2021 2:39:00 PM
Wow Lindsay. This is so good. I enjoyed it and would love to be at the campfire too. Well written ! :)
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Date: 5/30/2021 7:10:00 PM
Hello Heidi ... I too would have loved to be there also. I am pleased you enjoyed this poem - thanks Heidi - Lindsay
Date: 5/20/2021 4:45:00 AM
I would Love to be there to join in round the fire to hear some patriotic lines and would even recite just desserts for you if a little British humour was allowed:-) Hugs Jan xx
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Date: 5/30/2021 7:08:00 PM
Hello Jan ... I'm pretty sure some of the poets mentioned were born in Britain but warmed to the Australian way of life and wrote some wonderful bush ballads in nineteenth century Australia so I can't see why 'Just Desserts' wouldn't be accepted - thanks Jan - Lindsay
Date: 5/20/2021 12:52:00 AM
A very patriotic verse Lindsay, so well written.. Tom
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Date: 5/30/2021 7:02:00 PM
Hello Tom ... I guess it does showcase some of our most well known poets, and I'm really happy with your comment Tom - Lindsay