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The Brumby King

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LindsayP
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0 posted 10-24-2007 12:59 AM       View Profile for LindsayP   Email LindsayP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for LindsayP


Brumby is a name given to the progeny of station hacks and other horses that have escaped into the bush and forests of Australia, where they propergate and breed. There are thousands of brumbys in Australia today.
    
     THE BRUMBY KING

In a far off hidden valley
Where two icy rivers meet,
Where the mountains bounce the echo’s
Of a hundred brumby’s feet.

Where the bellbird gives a warning
To all intruders there,
It was this place I heard about
That I’d like with you to share.

It was told to me by Barcoo Bill,
A shearer we all knew,
He looked me squarely in the eye
And swore every word was true.

He’d been shearing out round Jindabyne
In the spring of thirty eight,
And when the final shed cut out
He said goodbye to all his mates.

To see his girl who waited home ,
He didn’t need an extra push,
So to save some time from Jindabyne
He took a short cut through the bush.

He made his way across that rugged range
Through hidden valleys seldom seen,
He steered his horse on a wandering course
Where few white men had ever been.

He camped at night ‘neath the bright starlight
In mountain meadows lush with grass,
And throughout the day he held his way
Towards a distant mountain pass.

As he headed West he thought it best
To escape the midday sun,
So he moved up on the mountain side
Where he crossed a brumby’s run.

Fresh were the tracks that he saw there
Of wild horses roaming free,
So he laid up in a patch of scrub
Where he hoped the brumby mob to see.

He waited there for an hour or two
Then his old horse pricked up his ears,
He looked up on the mountain side
Just as the wild brumby mob appears.

There were fifty mares or more
With foals running at their side,
There were blacks and bays and dapple greys
And many more beside.

“ I wonder where the stallion is,”
Bill voiced his thoughts anew,
And even as he spoke aloud
The black stallion came in view.

There stood the mighty brumby king
With shiny coat as black as coal,
Whose only purpose and ambition was,
To put every brumby mare in foal.

Then in the distance a piercing scream,
Another stallion’s mating call,
The mares closed up their straggling ranks
In case danger should befall.

Then across the rough and broken ground
A chestnut stallion could be seen,
As he galloped up to join the mob,
The black stallion cut between.

The chestnut colt was big and strong
And seemed unaware of dangers fraught,
While the old black horse was a cagey foe,
For many battles he had fought.

They met up on the mountain side,
A truly stirring sight,
They fought with teeth and flailing feet
As only stallions fight.

Bill had never seen a fight between
Two more vicious savage brutes,
He moved in to take a closer look,
While all the mares and foals stood mute.

The big chestnut horse was savage now
And quicker than the black,
Through sheer force without remorse,
He forced the old horse back.

The old black horse quickly spun away
And galloped further up the hill,
Where he turned to face the chestnut’s charge
And the battle raged once more until

He turned again and galloped up
Till he was high up on the ledge,
And in retreat lured the chestnut on
Till he was close up to the edge.

Then he dived beneath those flailing feet
With a scream of sheer rage,
And heaved the chestnut into space
Like two actors on the stage.

As the chestnut stallion flashed from view,
Bill stood mute with bated breath,
For it seemed a shame, that one so game,
Should finish there in death.

Bill climbed up on that rocky ledge
And looking down could only stare,
For on those jagged rocks below
Three other colts lay there.
© Copyright 2007 Lindsay P Wilson - All Rights Reserved
Seeker72
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since 02-24-2007
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1 posted 10-24-2007 01:06 AM       View Profile for Seeker72   Email Seeker72   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seeker72

That was damn good.

It was very reminiscent of Banjo Paterson in style.

I loved it.
Earth Angel
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since 08-27-2002
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Realms of Light


2 posted 10-24-2007 12:25 PM       View Profile for Earth Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Earth Angel's Home Page   View IP for Earth Angel

..."and another one bites the dust" ~ Sorry about that, but those lyrics popped into my head as I read your closing lines.

LP, this was outstanding! Such high drama! A very compelling read!

Have you ever entertained the idea of compiling all your Aussie poems into a book? I can see it now in my mind's eye! ~ Poems From Down Under by  Lindsay P. Wilson. It'd be a best seller for sure! ~ I'd buy one!

Love to you, my dear raconteuring Aussie Man!

Linda
Margherita
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since 02-08-2003
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Eternity


3 posted 10-24-2007 02:08 PM       View Profile for Margherita   Email Margherita   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Margherita

Enjoyed this tale of wilderness. It can be really tough out there!
Your tale has great attractiveness.

Love,
Margherita
LindsayP
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since 07-28-2007
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Australia, Victoria


4 posted 10-24-2007 10:17 PM       View Profile for LindsayP   Email LindsayP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LindsayP


Seeker
Thank you very much for mentioning me with Banjo Patterson, it's quite a compliment, much appreciated.

Linda, you always say the nicest things and I'm sure you are a very nice person. Yes I do have a book published, It's called 'Verse For Everyone',It covers five topics, Life, Sport, Friends, Wild Life and humour. There are a lot of sketches and a few photos in this book of 250 pages. It costs twenty dollars plus postage, but satisfaction is guaranteed. I also have another smaller book that I have printed myself on my commputer for 15 dollars.

Margherita, You also, always say some very nice things and I sicerely thank you for that. Hugs to you all.

Lindsay
Earth Angel
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5 posted 10-25-2007 02:20 AM       View Profile for Earth Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Earth Angel's Home Page   View IP for Earth Angel

Lindsay, I would like to purchase your book "Verse for Everyone".

Perhaps you could post in Announcements that you have books for sale.

Ya see, I ain't as dumb as I look!  I knew that you should be a published poet!


Linda
LindsayP
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6 posted 10-25-2007 10:44 PM       View Profile for LindsayP   Email LindsayP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LindsayP


Linda thank you for your acceptance of buying my Book, can you suggest where to send it and I'll be happy to oblige.

Lindsay
Earth Angel
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7 posted 10-27-2007 12:43 AM       View Profile for Earth Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Earth Angel's Home Page   View IP for Earth Angel

Lindsay, I sent an email to you with my address via this site. Perhaps it went to your Junk Mail folder.


Linda
Earl Brinkman
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8 posted 09-09-2010 05:49 PM       View Profile for Earl Brinkman   Email Earl Brinkman   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Earl Brinkman

I enjoyed this as usual.  I will have to look in Amazon.com to see if I can find your book.
Sunshine
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Listening to every heart


9 posted 09-09-2010 09:34 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Lindsay, if you ever come back to read
these responses...or if your family might
find the links within your computer,
please know that

Man From Snowy River...and it's subsequent movie...Return of....

are among my favorite movies.
 
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