Australian Bush Verse & Poetry Forum

A forum for the interaction of all interested in maintaining the traditions of Australian Bush Poetry.

EVEN THOUGH I AM NOT THERE.

EVEN THOUGH I AM NOT THERE. Along the Murray River where the gnarly ghost-gums grow, are memories of my younger days, where I used to go. The scent of eucalyptus always wafted through the air; I still can sense those pleasures, even though I am...

WALLFLOWERS

This is a little poem I wrote awhile back when social distancing first came in. A group of oldies used to gather each morning for a chat and takeaway coffee. WALLFLOWERS I see them in the Lynwood mall, some sitting, others standing tall, whi...

Old bush poem help

I would love some help, My grandfather used to recite bush poetry all the time, but theres one were all trying to remember. One of the lines is **I flung my hat at an old tom cat** Vague i know, but its on the tip of our tongues. Hes just had a s...
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OUTBACK JACK'S STEW.

This poem may have been posted here before, it since has had a couple of small edits. OUTBACK JACK’S STEW. From dubious ingredients, Outback Jack brewed a stew. He invited Tom and Fred and a lady friend he knew, to try his new concoction ...

WAY BACK WHEN. (Take two)

WAY BACK WHEN. Beneath the sky, we’d gallop; when together, we were brave. We’d travel to far places, oh, the pleasure that it gave. Across a barren desert, maybe up a steep hillside; over a flooded river; all then taken in our ...

THE TALE OF MICK AND SUE BURNS.

A fictitious case of humour in the face of adversity. THE TALE OF MICK AND SUE BURNS. This is a tale of what happened, just off the Eastern Coast, the day Mick Burns went fishing to the spot that he loved most. Mick left shore in his tinny...

WHEN 'F' BECOMES A 'V'.

WHEN ‘F’ BECOMES A ‘V’. I have sometimes wondered why plural ‘f’ becomes a ‘v’, and the reason doesn’t truly make a lot of sense to me. For instance, it is present when we speak of ‘knife and knives’, and also it is still there when we mention ...

Writers Prompts to 2/4/20

It's time to give Harry a bit of help and also to see if we can prod a bit of life back into the forum. You know the rules use any or all the prompts to write your homework poem. Prompts THE HUMBLE TOILET ROLL DANGEROUS TIMES SELF ISOLATIO...

LOCKDOWN. (Homework to 20/6/20)

LOCKDOWN. What you’ve never had, they say, you’re never going to miss. I miss being on the move to the bush where I found bliss. I’m missing my old mates, the times we all shared in the past, when firing up the camp oven - how long will lockdow...

Site Costs & Donations

G'day all. I was recently contacted by a forum member regarding the inability to post Comments on the Forum, only Responses. This has been raised before and I have been unable to resolve it to date. This was mainly due to the fact that the subscri...
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I Wonder ? Homework to 20/6/20

I WONDER? I dream about the old days and the mates that I once knew and wonder if they’d cope today the way we have to do. For we were always on the move through country bare and bleak, back in those days we used to camp way out at Cripple Cre...

Prompts to June 20

Prompts OLD MATES A COLD BEER THE CAMP OVEN FREE AT LAST ON THE MOVE WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Go for it friends and see what you can make of this lot Cheers Terry...

Those Who Dare

Another homework one I'm afraid Those Who Dare Where the Wedgetails drift across the sky with feathers tipped with gold, as the early sun shines on them is a sight to now behold. Though the world may be in lockdown in the cities and each tow...

ISOLATING

Seeing I haven't posted anything for awhile, here's a home work poem from another site. ISOLATING The Border Gates are closed to keep the eastern feral’s out, I’ll have the place all to myself - it’s time that came about! It looks like water...

THIS BLOODY VIRUS

Been locked out of the site again for the past few weeks. According to Ric, my IP address is on some naughty list. Moved into a retirement village before Xmas, just in time not to be able to use all the facilities. Wrote this instead THIS...
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Writers Prompts 2/4/20

Australia Going Viral (was, Plus Ça Change) You can hear the rumpus rumbling all the way from aisle four where some heavyweight contenders are arguing the score. The champ has got a trolley full, her challenger sod all. They're going at it t...

THE BUM-PAPER DEBACLE. (Prompts to 2/4/20)

THE BUM-PAPER DEBACLE. All the humble toilet rolls have been sold out in a blink, whoever would have thought that this outcome would cause a stink. Coronavirus, COVID-19, sometimes called Kung-Flu, has triggered panic buying of bum-paper ...

SOME AUSTRALIANS DISAPPOINT

Some Australians disappoint! Who could have seen this coming, that a virus would take toll! and cause a rush on shops, to buy the humble toilet roll. There may-be danger out there now, but do we need do this, it’s not the Aussie way; let’s give...

The Dunny Roll Crisis....

Saw this on the ABC site. Too good not to include here for posterity. I have no doubt it will pop up at a recital somewhere. The Ballad of the Dunny Roll - Sammy J Cheers, Ric...

BEER AND FOOTBALL.

BEER AND FOOTBALL. Well, It’s Friday night again, and the TV’s blaring loud, a single tossed coin rises to the silence of the crowd. The landing spin decides direction that each team will kick, while a die-hard fan is certain their team can do ...


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