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Desert Dreaming

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Written about the floods and devastating losses by farmers in Queensland.


Mulla Mulla is also known as pussy cats tails.

A violent scene lay before me Huddled in death, there’s Ella, Mary-belle, everywhere I could see Swollen tongues, sunken eyes, frail bodies strewn in the hot powdery dirt, I sniff the sharp stench of death, I catch my breath, swallow, stomach clenched, alert Stark rocky outcrops, blister amongst the sharp needles of spinifex grass Stones, sand and mica glints, ants scurry about their tasks Red dirt, blue sky, sun bears down relentless upon the tin roof of the Station Majestic hills, once coral reefs, the Chinamen pushed wheelbarrows up them, Dinosaurs, Indigenous people walked here long ago in my imagination Soft bursts of purple feathery flowers of Mulla Mulla joyfully sway in the crisp air this morning, locked in the silent perennial embrace of that blue blue sky Frivolous, dollies those desert girls, with their sweet smell and blush as I walk by I think I’ll put a bullet in my head in that very spot To die in such fine company, you make those tough choices on the land, easy as, why not 5,000 cattle dead, I’d cry, but there’s no more water in my eyes, in a blink, all gone so terribly wrong I’ll sleep with my cows tonight, Ella, Mary-belle in the Mulla Mulla desert dreaming, on the land is where I was born and where I belong

Copyright © | Year Posted 2019

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Date: 5/20/2020 8:06:00 PM
What an amazing piece. Bravo!
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Georgia Kereopa
Date: 5/21/2020 6:14:00 AM
Franci, thanks for your glowing comment.
Date: 7/6/2019 5:38:00 AM
Whoa. Hold the cows. "I’ll sleep with my cows tonight, Ella, Mary-belle in the Mulla Mulla desert dreaming," This says so much!
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Georgia Kereopa
Date: 7/12/2019 8:19:00 AM
So much loss.
Date: 6/13/2019 7:27:00 AM
Beautiful imagery, Georgia, you made the desert come alive (no easy feat) and then stamped it with emotional impact. Welcome to the soup, you have a bright future. Keep up the good work.
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Date: 6/12/2019 8:12:00 AM
Georgia, oh my, this is fantastic, you are a writer, there is no doubt about that, a book is in your future I hope and I will be there to buy it. This is going in my favorites.
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Georgia Kereopa
Date: 7/12/2019 8:20:00 AM
thank you for your kind words and encouragement
Date: 6/11/2019 12:59:00 PM
Powerful imagery, Georgia.
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Date: 6/10/2019 10:50:00 AM
Georgia, this is about the Queensland flooding this year, yeah? Horrible loss of cattle in Wondoola, Canobie, Dalgonally and Carrum stations, among many others. Did you personally experience this too? This is a very poignant write, and I must FAV it because of its importance.
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Date: 6/9/2019 5:33:00 PM
Wonderful - desert, death, thirst for life. Nature- its harsh blows, and promise of dreaming- its inspiration of hope and something better as Time flies along in its relentless path. A fav, a beauty too..
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Date: 6/9/2019 2:34:00 AM
Georgia, this is such an interesting poem! You have taught me some new words and given me a perspective I did not have before I read this. I know I have missed something, so I am going back to re-read it. Welcome to Poetry Soup.
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