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We Were Soldiers Once

Written by Chris Ivins, 29 August 2019 I've been writing poetry for many years, and have published some online. I have two poems about to be published; one in a book due at the end of 2019, and another in a magazine due in February 2020. I write a...
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Another question to the Guru's

The APBA site has been mentioned a few times in this forum so I decided to take a look. There is a link to winners of Bush Poetry events over the last umpty years so I did some research. 224 winning entries. 54 winning entrants. 6 poets took away 11...
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My Refuge

My Refuge The love roads and byways of dirty dusty lanes Of city streets and traffic is running through your veins A strong love of noisy night clubs, Parties, dusty grey brown skies I know but cannot share it for my love is otherwi...
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question for Terry and Harry

All the poetry I have written is for recitals, and I have done many. This is the first (and only) site where I have submitted poetry for other to read and I m frankly astonished at the difference between the two. Harry rightly pointed out in a poem ...
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unauthorised use of names but there you go

If you want to write poetry, you could do plenty worse Than joining this web site called simply “Bush Verse”. Harry Harper’s the moderator and runs the whole show, Not much about rhyming that Harry don’t know. He gives lots of good feedback but...
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BLUEY BRINK.

An old poem that's good for a laugh. Bluey Brink There once was a shearer by name Bluey Brink, a devil for work and a terror for drink. He could shear a full hundred each day without fear, and drink without winking, four gallons of beer. ...
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Harry's challenge 7/10 (2)

Me knees are all buckled, me love life’s deflated, I’m thinking that old age is most overrated. Now I’m not saying that I’m quite over the hill, But more than one time I’ve wished time would stand still. “Undulating heartbeat” me specialist on...
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Harry's challenge 7/10 (1)

There’s a place somewhere yonder, not far over the hill Where the buckled and undulating land seems to spill To the low flats where the rivers do snake and entwine Where there's peace and contentment and no sense of time. It’s a place where you...
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WRITERS CHALLENGE. 7/10/2019 to 31/10/ 2019.

Writers challenge from 7/10/2019 to 31/10/2019. Maybe this lot of unrelated subjects will challenge us. Don your thinking caps and reach for a pen. As usual, choose one, any, or all of the prompts. Happy writing, poets. A little reminder, could y...
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Outback Memories

Outback Memories Near forgotten memories of youth, return to me again, of a creek that’s lined with Ghost Gums on an arid rocky plain. Hills seen in the distance had enhanced a backdrop to this view, and the peaceful silence of that country;...
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One I wrote a while ago but this time trying to meet BP criteria.

SACRED GROUND “Shouldn’t be digging here” he said, “it’s sacred Chinese land” I looked around but all I could see was dust and rock and sand. “How do you work that out?” I asked, “Don’t look like graves round here besides I know me claims leg...
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European Carp

EUROPEAN CARP We used to fish the Goulburn and all the channels around, There was a time when a good feed of redfin could be found. They’re not as good as emperor or coral trout for lunch, But cooked up right, served real fresh, they did for ...
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FIRE-FIGHTER.

This was prompted by the ABPA site homework challenge. FIRE-FIGHTER. The black scrub is silent and grim, for the fiery flames have passed. Her worry is only for him, and fears this day be his last. She clutches a faded letter and a cu...
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Harry's challenge 20/9

Distant memories, like ghost gums Just grow more gracious every year. It’s grand to bring them back to life On the veranda with a beer. Peaceful silence and mountain views When the golden wattle’s ablaze. Surrounding scenery’s one key To bri...
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YOUNGER DAYS. Prompts from 20/09/2019 to 6/10/2019.

YOUNGER DAYS. Below the open country sky, where the tall ghost-gums grew, lie distant memories of a home with a mountain view. On the front veranda was my favourite place to be, was there I’d gaze for hours at the surrounding scenery. I woul...
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Harry's challenge 20/9 2

There were blooming golden wattles set mid stately ghost gum trees, the surrounding scenery of mountain views, fragrant summer breeze I sit here on the veranda, with these distant memories, and in peaceful silence hope the life I led the Lord did ...
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The Nellies.

THE NELLIES Australian historians, though having penned the tales about our nation's bushrangers, who mostly were all males, did somehow fail recording facts on one outlandish gang, who sneered at all authority and didn't give a hang. They t...
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Hi from Bargara

G;day Folks. I was born in the Queensland border town of Goondiwindi and, as my dad was a banker, his work took us to a number of towns throughout Queensland. I received my education to Junior level and then tried my hand at various occupations ...
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WHEN THE THIRTY THREE CAME HOME.

WHEN THE THIRTY THREE CAME HOME. There were hundreds on the tarmac as the thirty three came home and they watched the flag draped coffins carried from the aerodrome, For so many it was closure after fifty years of pain as remains of long lost l...
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Welcome to our four new members.

A very warm welcome to our latest Members, Robyn, Genevieve, Petmar6, Rossco and Therese. Please feel free to join in our discussions and or create some of your own. Hoping your time with us is extremely pleasant. Cheers....
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