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Carpet of Colour

The long years are harsh where the hot sun does burn on the sand hills and plains when seasons won’t turn where saltbush and samphire do somehow survive and through these hot days there seems little alive. But shade in the she-oaks can offer relief for creatures surviving who still hold belief the outback’s not dying though is tinder dry… then cotton-wool clouds start to build in the sky. And when it gets humid and balmy at night the sunrise is red with the new dawning light and leaves get up dancing and float on the breeze ants start to scurry and thunder does tease. There’s change on the way and a scent in the air and storm birds are singing to make all aware that drought may be over and soon there’ll be rain the outback will flourish ‘til drought comes again. Now pastel pink earth starts to darken to red as it quenches it’s thirst on the deluge ahead the creek beds awake from their slumber for years and billabongs form behind quick rising weirs. The pans and the lowlands are holding their fill and outstation tanks are now starting to spill so comes a new dawn from a heartbreaking scene when almost like magic the land turns to green. Where a land is vindictive and can be unkind where water is life, and with man undermined where vastness is changing from sleeping repose the buds are now bursting and now they disclose… …a rainbow that travels so long with the eye in a landscape rebirth, to thanks from the sky I’m taking a stroll through a live daisy chain in a carpet of colour that follows the rain.

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Date: 2/15/2019 10:05:00 PM
What an amazing description and your words flow like water over glass! Thank you for sharing!
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Lindsay Laurie
Date: 2/15/2019 11:34:00 PM
Thank you for commenting Bobby. This is a picture of the Australian outback. It's amazing how rain brings it back to vibrant life - Lindsay
Date: 11/1/2016 3:45:00 AM
Lindsay this poem is magnificent! I always enjoy your poetry. And I read some of your poems over and over. Lovely! And a fave! ; ) 7
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Date: 10/19/2015 5:03:00 PM
Always like to go back to one's first posting here on soup, not disappointed, amazing poetry, had a stint there in your fair land for 8 years, my eldest boy, resides in Perth W.A, Yes you are right your season's won't turn, but the rain does it just as good, especially for you, with your magical mind that works the pen so that we all can learn from and enjoy what you write.
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Lindsay Laurie
Date: 10/19/2015 7:49:00 PM
Hello Harry... thanks for your kind comment. Never been to the west but I believe the wild flowers are amazing after rain. I have seen Sturt desert pea turn dust into a carpet of red and that was around Broken Hill - catch you soon Harry - Lindsay
Date: 3/17/2015 6:51:00 PM
Lindsay: What a wonderfully colorful tribute to a land you known and obviously love. Thanks for sharing your insight with us. oldbuck
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Lindsay Laurie
Date: 3/21/2015 7:42:00 PM
G'day Old Buck... thanks for your kind comment Old Buck. Yes, the outback is a marvelous place to be amongst. It appears to be semi desert, but it is full of life even though the conditions can be harsh. A drop of rain changes changes so much out there. Catch you soon - Lindsay
Date: 2/3/2015 7:48:00 AM
Just found this exceptional poem. Such beautiful imagery and top notch rhyming can not fail to impress any true poet when read! Adding this marvelous write to my fav list and will check out all your poems as time permits. A 7 on this gem...
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Lindsay Laurie
Date: 2/15/2015 6:45:00 PM
G'day there Robert... Thanks again for reading and commenting highly of this verse. The outback is truly an amazing place that changes overnight with just a small drop of rain. Catch you soon Robert - Lindsay
Date: 1/30/2015 7:03:00 PM
powerful piece of writing lindsay excellent pen very beautifully painted
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Lindsay Laurie
Date: 2/2/2015 6:53:00 PM
Thank you for your comment Liam. I did actually live in an area while a ten year drought was persisting and then eight inches of rain fell and we had floods. Catch you later Liam - Lindsay
Date: 1/28/2015 7:49:00 AM
Hi Lindsay! Glad I stumbled on this beautiful poem today! Your descriptive powers are excellent; the change very well tackled; nature rejoices under your artistic fingers. Well done. #7 // paul
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Lindsay Laurie
Date: 1/29/2015 5:36:00 PM
G'day Paul... Thank you for reading and then writing your encouraging comment. I really do attempt to paint a picture with words regarding natural beauty for others to see and hopefully wish to be there. Regards - Lindsay
Date: 1/21/2015 7:38:00 PM
Hi, Brilliant write my friend, i really enjoyed it and have put it into my favourites. Shane
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Lindsay Laurie
Date: 1/29/2015 5:31:00 PM
Hello there Shayne... Thank you for reading and commenting Shayne. I'm pleased you enjoyed this poem about the outback, and thanks for adding it to your favourites. I do appreciate this. Regards - Lindsay
Date: 1/15/2015 6:02:00 PM
Hey Lindsay it is so good to have you back on the soup. I love your description of the landscape. Always awesome in your writing. love phyl
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Lindsay Laurie
Date: 1/16/2015 11:57:00 PM
g'day Phyllis... its good to be back. Thanks for commenting on a poem that you've already read. Catch you later Phyllis - Lindsay
Date: 1/2/2015 1:09:00 AM
Wow Lindsay, You are a poet, quite exceptional. You don't run into many good poets like you. This particular poem captured it all. I was living and breathing the outback, the drought, & then the re-birth. What a load of work and a lot of research. You have a tremendous gift Lindsay. Keep writing. When poetry is again recognised in a substantial way you will be published. Very kind regards------John
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Lindsay Laurie
Date: 1/2/2015 3:59:00 PM
Thank you John for your kind comment. I lived at Mildura when a ten year drought was on and on another occasion saw a moonscape on the road to Tibooburra. It rained and on my way home I could barely believe the transformation. Thanks again John-Lindsay
Date: 12/28/2014 6:41:00 PM
Lindsay, Thank you for commenting on my comment. I want to take this time and wish you a wonderful New Year. I'm making this my year of new hopes and new opportunities. I have a good feeling, 2015 will be one of Poetry Soups Brighter and Better Years. Sending warm hugs. Always & Forever Linda
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Date: 12/26/2014 4:13:00 PM
Hi Lindsay.. powerful, well constructed write, my friend. Poetry Soup is a great place to display your creative, artist works. It's also an ideal place to meet and be shaped by other poets. Comment on their works and they will comment on yours. Give the contest a try as well. I look forward to reading more good writes like this one.. Come check me out!
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Lindsay Laurie
Date: 12/27/2014 6:00:00 PM
G'day there Lyric Man... slowly but surely I'm reading the work of the poets here... and enjoying their work. I'll look for the contests shortly. Thanks for the encouragement... Lindsay
Date: 12/25/2014 9:27:00 PM
Lindsay , A nice warm WELCOME to poetry soup. I hope you enjoy being part of the community. You'll find many friendly poets, who are ready to support and give positive feedback. I want to be the first to invite you on over, to the contest page. I OFFER MY CONTEST, "In The Moment" in hopes it inspires you to write again. I look forward in following you and your poetry:) Enjoy this site, and the coming New Year! From: your new poet friend@-> LINDA <-@
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Lindsay Laurie
Date: 12/27/2014 6:04:00 PM
Thanks Linda... I'm pleased to be here and I'll look into your contest and others too. Regards Lindsay
Date: 12/23/2014 4:04:00 AM
- Welcome to P - Soup, Laurie !!!! .... A Christmas smile two you :) - I wish you and your family a peaceful and lovely Christmas - oxox // Anne-Lise :)
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Lindsay Laurie
Date: 12/23/2014 5:06:00 PM
Thank you Anne Lise... I too wish you and your family a happy festive season. Lindsay
Date: 12/22/2014 7:11:00 PM
Hi Laurie, inspirational piece!
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Lindsay Laurie
Date: 12/23/2014 5:11:00 PM
G'day there Lyric Man... Thank you for reading and leaving your comment. To witness drought and then the transformation after rain does tend to inspire a poet - thank you, Lindsay.