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Memories of a Drover

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LindsayP
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        MEMORIES OF A DROVER

I dream again of the saltbush plain
of a faithfull dog named rover,
The camp fire at night ‘neath the bright starlight
Of the days when I was a drover.

The bulloakes stirring in the breeze
The meandering water courses,
The music of the hobble chains
Of the drovers weary horses.

A thousand head of baldy steers
Stretched out for more than a mile,
A hearty meal at the camp at night
From a cook that we had on trial.

The sudden storm where hope is born
That at last the drought be broken,
But once again we wait in vain
For the rain is but a token.

The old camp dog, his hackles rise
When a dingo’s howl is heard,
Then a piercing cry from up on high
Of some unseen nocturnal bird.

There are many times when all is calm
When droving cattle’s a delight,
But something unforseen can often mean
Wild rushes in the night.

Riding watch on a moonlight night
Round a big mob to and fro,
Brings to the drover a sense of peace
That city folk will never know.

Many times I’ve heard it said
By older men than me,,
That once droving’s in your blood
Other paths are hard to see.

Now the lamp of youth grows dim with age
And my working days are nearly over,
One of the things I treasure most
Are the memories of a drover.

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Marchmadness
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1 posted 06-08-2009 02:25 AM       View Profile for Marchmadness   Email Marchmadness   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marchmadness

Thank you for sharing these wonderful memories, Lindsay.
                            Ida
Heart2Heart
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2 posted 06-08-2009 01:38 PM       View Profile for Heart2Heart   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Heart2Heart

This is truly a lovely poem, I did enjoy sharing your memories.  Written in a style I love myself.
Heart2Heart
Robert E. Jordan
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3 posted 06-08-2009 01:47 PM       View Profile for Robert E. Jordan   Email Robert E. Jordan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Robert E. Jordan

Yo Lindsay,

This is an interesting and well written poem.  I think many of us have memories of past endeavors.

Bobby
WTBAKELAR
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4 posted 06-08-2009 04:11 PM       View Profile for WTBAKELAR   Email WTBAKELAR   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for WTBAKELAR

Lindsay,  I can see you now, astride your sturdy mount, slowly circling the heard, in the full moonlight, probably whistling an old cowboy tune, (tumbling tumbling weed, or get along ya little do-gies)
I'd be willing to bet you came up with more stories out there, than we will ever get a chance to read from you, but I look forward to reading each one.

Keep on drovin, my friend.
Tracey
LindsayP
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A sincere thanks to Ida, Heart2heart, Bobby and Tracey for your generous reponse. It's

always nice to hear back from all you great poets. God bless you all.

Lindsay
 
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