Aussie Odes

Of all of the poems that I have written, this is one of my favourites. It is about a rather rude bushman in a pub, who doesn't quite get what he wants and a bit more than what he bargained for.

Aussie Odes

In 1998 I made a trip from Sydney to Cloncurry (via Birdsville). The trip took me through some of the remote outback areas of New South Wales and Queensland. Along the way, I had a few car problems: burst radiator hoses and flat tyres being the most common. The first flat came between Bourke and Birdsville, and I was keen to get this repaired before I had to travel from Birdsville north along the eastern edge of the Simpson Desert. I sat outside the tyre place for two hours, and wrote this poem while I was waiting for it to open. After I finished it, I looked at the door of the tyre shop and realised that today was a Sunday, and it did not open on Sundays! I drove the next 800 km with no spare and made it to within 10 km of my destination, when I blew another tyre. Thankfully, a farmer stopped and organised some transport to help me get to where I needed to go.

 

Aussie Odes

Thie poem is written from a grandson's point of view, and tells of the relationship and admiration that he has for his grandfather, and of all of the stories the old man shared with him over the years.

Aussie Odes

One of my wife's favourite poems. It tells the story of a man who travels from Marble Bar, in Western Australia's central north, to Perth for a bit of a break. While there he meets and falls in love with a lonely widow.

Aussie Odes

Outlaws and bushrangers have been a major part in Australia's iconic past. This poem tells of a fictitious outlaw that terrorised the eastern states of Australia. 

Aussie Odes

One of my earlier poems that tells of my experiences during a trip around Australia I made with a good mate back in 1992.

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