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Ned Kelly Australia's Most Famous Bushranger

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Isis
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0 posted 01-03-2000 05:53 PM       View Profile for Isis   Email Isis   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Isis's Home Page   View IP for Isis

They came from the Irish lower classes,
Ned Kelly and his gang,
Always hard done by the local authorities,
Our Neddy had a plan.

Lower class heroes,
Who shared their stolen bounty around,
With a sense of justice and love of family,
Herocially sharing the pounds.

In 1878, Victoria, Australia,
It all started so innocently,
Ned's brother Dan had stolen horses,
And should pay accordingly.

But Ned wouldn't hear of this,
He and Dan escaped to the hills,
Two other friends also joined them,
They'd rather fight than bend to rules.

The formed the notorious Kelly Gang,
Stealing from the rich to help the poor,
A poor family would awake one morning,
There'd be food, valuables or money at their door.

The local police force,
Raided the Kelly Gang's camp,
Ned fought back and shot 3 policemen,
They then became Victoria's most wanted.

Twas a high price on their heads,
But that didn't worry them,
They contined with their helping ways,
No one would stop them!!

They manufactured sheets of iron,
To protect themselves from bullets,
Then oh surely they wouldn't die,
The iron would stop the bullets.

Then in 1880 betrayed by a so called friend,
In the town of Glenrowan they were ambushed,
It was time for the final showdown,
The coppers hid in the bush.

The battle raged for hours,
The scent of gun smoke in the air,
Dan Kelly and Steve Hart were killed,
And Ned lay dying there.

But they wanted him alive,
To punish even more,
Not let him go out in glory,
And Neddy he knew the score.

He recovered well enough,
The courts all found him guilty of horrendous crime,
His sentence to hang by the neck until dead,
No escape for the working class hero this time.

After a brief respite,
And tearful goodbyes with his Mother and Sisters,
Ned Kelly a dead man walking,
Was lead to the hanging rooms.

Despite the public protests,
The police would win this day,
Getting rid of Irish trash,
For justice the only way.

And as the rope was placed around Ned Kelly's neck,
He was asked if he had any final words to say,
He looked up eyes burning with life and spirit,
"Such is Life!" he chose to say.

So on November 11th, 1880,
After his final words were spoken,
Ned Kelly Australia's most famous bushranger,
Was hung by the neck until it was broken.

And even 120 years later,
Old Neddy is still referred to as a hero,
And many, many Australian's like to quote,
"Such is Life!" Like their hero did so long ago.


 At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet. (Plato)
~Isis~
(Daughter of Mystery)



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1 posted 01-03-2000 08:47 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

A wonderful saga, rich in local flavor. I love it, Isis!!!
Isis
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2 posted 01-03-2000 08:51 PM       View Profile for Isis   Email Isis   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Isis's Home Page   View IP for Isis

Why thanks you Balladeer, that is the first time you said you loved something of mine.
I'm thrilled  

 At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet. (Plato)
~Isis~
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Michael
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3 posted 01-04-2000 01:19 AM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Wow...You went way out on this one.  A fantastic SAGA, indeed.  I still remember your "Epic" poetry when you fisrt came to Passions, perhaps it's time to repost some of it.  Truly some wonderful stuff there.


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4 posted 01-04-2000 01:24 AM       View Profile for Isis   Email Isis   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Isis's Home Page   View IP for Isis

Thanks Michael    Perhaps I'll rehash an epic or two????????  

 At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet. (Plato)
~Isis~
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5 posted 01-04-2000 08:07 AM       View Profile for Sven   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sven

I must agree. . . wonderful Isis. . . love the story. . . and you tell it so well!

Kept me on the edge of my seat!!

Wonderful my friend. . .

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--Victor Frankl

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6 posted 01-04-2000 09:01 AM       View Profile for JennyLee   Email JennyLee   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JennyLee

Excellent saga Isis...I enjoyed very much!
Thank-You.

Jenny


 Love is an attempt at penetrating another being,But it can only succeed if the surrender is mutual.

Isis
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7 posted 01-04-2000 05:11 PM       View Profile for Isis   Email Isis   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Isis's Home Page   View IP for Isis

Thanks Sven and Jennifer, I enjoyed working on it too  

 At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet. (Plato)
~Isis~
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  Exquisite.
Isis
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Thanks Justin  

 At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet. (Plato)
~Isis~
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