Secret Directions to Jilliby Farm

Enter beside the hollow log mailbox.
Here the road leads through a profusion of leafy damp shadows.
Wild ferns are the underbrush
where Fairy Wrens flit from the slightest presence.
This driveway winds by towering bush gums flanked
on the other side by a paddock
thick with Kikuyu and other mixed grasses.
A dam  that reflects the passing clouds
is the central focus.
Wild ducks veer away whenever cars approach.

Way down - as far as the vision stretches
is a copse with  mysterious shadows that beckon.
Walk now, along contours formed by the water rush of many rains.
Feel the stress of life melt from every cell.
Birdsong has already worked its magic on your being -as well
as sunlight on your skin, and earth scents inhald deeply to your lungs.
Your heartbeat has fallen into the rhythm of the elements around.

You’ve reached the shadows of the copse- 
you’ll look up to a brilliant sky 
through the branches of tiny, spiky melaluca leaves.
Imagine giant broccoli and you are Alice
 looking for a Cheshire Cat. 
Your hands will linger on the tree trunks woven
with a plimsol lines of grass left by many years of floods.

These melaluca trees are brother-twined, rising
 from spongy islands, formed by countless accumulations 
of their own dead leaves.
Placid waters  reflect them, Narcissus-like,
 as clouds hang in their branches.
Below, water  lilies hide black roots
 in squishy, clay mud. 

 Following along the small islands of land,
 jumping from bank to bank, 
you will see tiny wild flowers, trailing vines and wild maidenhair ferns.

Suddenly, you will happen upon,
 a huge, grey Charoloais Bull 
grazing on a giant clump of grass.
 He will ignore you as you pass,
 if you circle wide enough.

Look over now to the homestead on high ground. 
 It beckons with a fireplace for frosty mornings
 and a swimming pool for scorching summers.

You’re in the Dooralong Valley
 and a Golden eagle soars above, so large,
 it can take an unprotected lamb.

Someone saw a huge, red-bellied, deadly, black  snake
 here in a pile of rubble, left by some land clearers.

Overnight, humongous spiders will build webs
 between trees to catch you unaware.

But not all is scary here. 
It only heightens the beauty. 
In the pink dawn, grey wallabies, with a sun halo along their fur
 will graze on dew-laden grass. 
 Kookaburras will laugh their kookalaugh
 and fill the valley with their jollity.

 Written Summer 2007

Copyright © | Year Posted 2014

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Date: 8/1/2015 9:41:00 PM
Suzanne.. I loved your magnificent winning write, many congrats!
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Date: 7/28/2015 10:34:00 AM
A wonderful journey from beginning to end! Congrats on the very well deserved win. You built it beautifully!
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Suzanne Delaney
Date: 7/28/2015 7:00:00 PM
thanks for visiting me and reading. SuZ
Date: 7/27/2015 12:22:00 AM
Proud to join you on the list, Suz. Congratulations! This is so well-written the images just jump off the page! PS. Another Australian poet who writes really good on the outback and the billabongs is Lindsay Laurie. Kindly check him out please. hugs!
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Suzanne Delaney
Date: 7/27/2015 1:46:00 PM
Dear Kim: So glad you enjoyed my secret farm. I know Lindsay well, and he would be happy you recommended him, sweet lady. SuZ
Date: 7/26/2015 11:12:00 PM
Great pen! congrats on top place win Suzanne!
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Suzanne Delaney
Date: 7/27/2015 1:48:00 PM
Dear Dr. Upma Thanks for your sweet encouragement. I will visit soon. SuZ
Date: 7/26/2015 4:23:00 PM
Hi Suzanna, Congratulations on Your Best Poem #2 win. **SKAT**
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Date: 7/27/2015 1:49:00 PM
Thanks so much Skat: You have scattered sunshinee on my day. Hugs, SuZ
Date: 7/26/2015 3:37:00 PM
superb Suzanna stunning imagery congrats on 1st place
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Suzanne Delaney
Date: 7/27/2015 1:50:00 PM
Thanks Shadow: Your kind words have touched me today. and made my heart happy. SuZ
Date: 7/26/2015 3:32:00 PM
what incredible imagery Suzanna - i would love to visit one day - I read the delightful nature poems by Peter and I would love to experience the scenes for myself:-) hugs Jan xx
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Suzanne Delaney
Date: 7/27/2015 1:52:00 PM
Hi Jan: Thanks for taking time to comment. I am so happy you enjoyed my memories of Jilliby, Hugs, SuZ
Date: 4/9/2014 8:24:00 PM
Oh Suz, you must share this with PFT. I was enthralled entirely. Eloquent writing in every aspect! I adored it. You make me long to return down under. BIG CONGRATS ON YOUR WIN! Love, C
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Date: 4/9/2014 10:27:00 AM
Enjoyed the write on Many Miles Away theme, congrats on a fine win,suz
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Date: 4/8/2014 12:51:00 PM
Sounds like a journey well undertaken!
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Date: 4/8/2014 7:45:00 AM
Suzanne, wonderfully beautiful write and win.. Congrats!
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Date: 4/7/2014 6:02:00 PM
SUZANNE, Congratulations, a wonderful win. Thank you for sharing how far your distance goes. ~SKAT~
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Date: 4/7/2014 10:09:00 AM
Hello Suzanne, This is a wonderful poem. I am glad to see you in my contest. Congratulations on your win......Hugs......Roger
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Date: 4/3/2014 7:58:00 AM
Oh my! Thank you for taking me along to visit this incredibly beautiful place. Your images are so vivid I feel like I am seeing it for myself.
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Suzanne Delaney
Date: 4/3/2014 11:41:00 AM
So glad you enjoyed it. We sold our farm there almost 10 years ago but I can still feel and see it very vividly.