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Changing Touring Habits

by liarbird

I’ve always been a tourist, who will travel through this land,
I’ve been in the high country and the Simpson Desert sand,
Collected salt from in Lake Eyre, and fished in Tassie streams,
Yet the bug continues biting, to keep me living tourist dreams.

I’ve clicked photographs in Kakadu, videoed Menindee Lakes,
Seen formation of a billowed cloud just before the season breaks,
Flew across the Bungle Bungle’s and admired the Kimberley,
Rubber necked along the Ocean road, beside a wild and restless sea.

I’ve climbed the steps of Uluru, been to Baw Baw when there’s snow,
So you’d almost think with where I’ve been there’s nowhere else to go,
Yet to visit all Australia’s beauty, well, our lives are far too brief,
But I’ll keep travelling that endless road…this time to the Barrier Reef.

I can imagine in my mind, what beauty grows up from the sand,
Amongst the colour of the corals, with it’s aquatic life on hand,
The waving of the seaweeds in water clear and cobalt blue.
I just can’t wait to get to Cairns, and admire this splendour too.

Of course in Cairns it’s all set up for a touring bloke like me,
And brochures mention danger signs, that sometimes I might see,
Like box jellyfish and stone fish, with a help advisory file,
And I’m made aware that sometimes, there might be a crocodile.

Being adventurous and wishing, to be where the corals most,
I hired out a little dinghy, and navigated further up the coast,
I left the boat to freely drift, then made a ‘blue’ I can’t afford
When trying to gain a tourist look…I fell overboard!

The initial thud that hit me brain, was that word crocodile!
And I’m two hundred yards from shore, so I started tasting bile,
Then I saw this fella on the sand, which stood there watching me,
He looked like an old beachcomber, and to him I made a plea.

Bobbing in the clear blue water, and doing well to stay afloat,
I yelled out to this fella while I clung on to the boat…
“Are there any crocs around here mate?” Then he alleviated fears.
“There’s not a one” the bloke replied. “They ain’t been here for years”.

I can’t tell you how relieved I felt, to hear that local lore,
So I let the boat just drift away, to swim back to the shore,
But for the sake of interest, prior to splashing with me ‘hocks’,
I asked this simple question, “How’d you get rid of the crocs?”

And with the boat ten yards away, and me upon me own,
“We did nothing,” said the beachcomber, in his assuring tone,
“No we didn’t have to do a thing, but come here and grab a spot,
Where we could sit and watch the sharks, clean up the bloody lot!”





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Re: Changing Touring Habits (Score: 1 )
by Melly on Sunday, November 01, 2009 (22:31:35)
Don't you wish you had that boat back? Clever ,really cleverLindsay.. i can see you now up to your hocks and the sharks cicleing. Ha! Melly

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    Re: Changing Touring Habits (Score: 1 )
    by liarbird on Friday, November 06, 2009 (20:30:42)
    G'day Melly...
    Melly, in reality, you won't catch me anywhere near sharks, nor crocodiles for that matter. It's bad enough here at the moment with the brown snakes moving about.
    Thanks Melly.

    Lindsay

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Re: Changing Touring Habits (Score: 1 )
by maryanns on Monday, November 02, 2009 (17:32:25)
Top of the line travel mate you'd make, Lindsay! I love your descriptions of far away places and accommodations, truly brought to life in your poem. Oh what I wouldn't give to see the Great Barrier Reef, truly a wonderful sight to see - from INSIDE the boat, silly tourist! Enjoyed so much the smiles and chuckles at the end, Mary Ann

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    Re: Changing Touring Habits (Score: 1 )
    by liarbird on Friday, November 06, 2009 (20:33:35)
    G'day Mary Ann...
    Sadly the Great Barrier Reef is shrinking due to pollution etc. however it is still a true marvel, full of sharks, stone fish, jelly fish stingers...but no crocodiles. They'll be hanging around your campsite.
    Thanks Mary Ann.

    Lindsay

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Re: Changing Touring Habits (Score: 1 )
by Islandgrrl on Tuesday, November 10, 2009 (20:40:19)
Hi Lindsay...Popped in here tonight and had to read one of your poems first.. and as always I was astonished at how well you do these...You always end with the perfect clincher!! Great descriptions... I'd so love to visit Australia some day.... Islandgrrl..

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    Re: Changing Touring Habits (Score: 1 )
    by liarbird on Friday, November 20, 2009 (21:48:46)
    G'day Jenni...
    How nice to hear from you. Thanks for popping in and having a read. Your beloved Windies have arrived and next week it's into the tests again. Maybe you should have snuck in to Aus hiding on one of the suitcases. I'd love to see you out here one day Jenni...just stay clear of crocodiles and sharks.
    Thanks Jenni.

    Lindsay

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Re: Changing Touring Habits (Score: 1 )
by trulysexypoet on Friday, November 20, 2009 (02:26:46)
Smiles all around, here, mate. Enjoyed your write alot. Keep up the good work. TSP

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Re: Changing Touring Habits (Score: 1 )
by trulysexypoet on Friday, November 20, 2009 (02:27:05)
Smiles all around, here, mate. Enjoyed your write alot. Keep up the good work. TSP

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    Re: Changing Touring Habits (Score: 1 )
    by liarbird on Friday, November 20, 2009 (21:53:09)
    G'day Steve...
    Thanks for reading and leaving a comment Steve. I see yesterday that one of these saltwater crocodiles; about four metres long has found a new home in a Texas zoo. I wonder if they put any sharks in with it.
    Thank you Steve.

    Lindsay

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Re: Changing Touring Habits (Score: 1 )
by badmalthus on Saturday, November 21, 2009 (23:54:41)
Great poem Linds.....shark hunter......haha........but have you been to Adelaide Lindsay.......home of the crow?
Cheers mate........Harry

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    Re: Changing Touring Habits (Score: 1 )
    by liarbird on Saturday, December 19, 2009 (23:54:06)
    G'day Harry...
    I guess Harry that crows are bloody worse than crocs and sharks. They pick your eyes out and let you live. We've got plenty of crows up our way too Harry. At least ours can play football...ha ha.
    Thanks again Harry.
    Lindsay

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Re: Changing Touring Habits (Score: 1 )
by tommyjacksprat on Thursday, February 16, 2012 (17:17:42)
This is a fantastic tribute to your country
and your words are a tribute to poetry.
I loved every stanza liarbird. You have
lost none of your talent since I've been
gone. I missed your incredible storytelling.
Your friend, easyeverett (tom)

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    Re: Changing Touring Habits (Score: 1 )
    by liarbird on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 (00:32:12)
    G'day there Tom...
    Thank you very much for reading and commenting. I haven't been on for a while, so now I have a power of reading to catch up on with the poets work on gp. I do appreciate the kind words you have given me.
    Regards
    Lindsay

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Re: Changing Touring Habits (Score: 1 )
by wolfinwindow on Monday, April 16, 2012 (11:30:05)
what a great story! gotta love that twist of an ending. as a fellow traveler I was really enjoying those stories although all of my travels have been around the USA. I did get a good laugh at the end of this one!

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    Re: Changing Touring Habits (Score: 1 )
    by liarbird on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 (01:52:42)
    Thank you Linda...
    I watched some video of a bloke texting as he walked along a suburban street in the US and was confronted by a bear.
    His reaction was priceless, so I guess we all have our wildlife to fear. My daughter spent time at South Plains College a few years back and now she keeps going back. She loves the US.
    Thank you Linda
    Lindsay

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