AuthorsDen.com   Join Free! | Login    
   Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
Where Authors and Readers come together!

SIGNED BOOKS    AUTHORS    eBOOKS new!     BOOKS    STORIES    ARTICLES    POETRY    BLOGS    NEWS    EVENTS    VIDEOS    GOLD    SUCCESS    TESTIMONIALS

Featured Authors:  Sophie Davis, iRoxanne Howe-Murphy, iPamela Ackerson, iWilliam Pusey, iDan Ronco, iSandy Lender, ialex canton-dutari, i

  Home > Poetry > Stories
Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

Jim Spain

· + Follow Me
· Contact Me
· Books
· Articles
· Poetry
· News
· Stories
· Messages
· 10 Titles
· 3 Reviews
· Save to My Library
· Share with Friends!
·
Member Since: Oct, 2009

Jim Spain, click here to update your pages on AuthorsDen.




Featured Book
Key To Immortality, eBook by Stanislaw Kapuscinski
by Stan Law (aka Stanislaw Kapuscinski)

Following his Dictionary of Biblical Symbolism, the author unveils the Key to Immortality hidden in the Coptic text of the 114 sayings of Jesus, in The Gospel of Thomas...  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members


Outback Jack.
By Jim Spain
Friday, October 08, 2010

Rated "G" by the Author.

Share    Print  Save   Follow



Outback Jack the Tall Tale Teller is not a mythical character.
We met in a small country town about twelve years past.

 Outback Jack.

A fella named Jack from way in the Outback along the Kidman Way, he’s been about in the bush with a road makin’ push but lives in Goolgowi today.

His name is Jack Bourke and he never did shirk

hard yakka when makin’ new roads.

With ‘is loader and roller and weight on ‘is shoulder ‘e still travels those roads ‘til this day, from Griffith to Bourke he still does not shirk, but tells tall tales -

as ‘e goes on ‘is way -

 

Tall Tale Teller.

 

Jack Bourke ‘e said ‘is name is, as we stood beside a tree. We both shook ‘ands and said “G’day”,

that fella Jack Bourke, and me.

Later on we got to yarnin’ about ol’ times in the bush

 and the days ‘e spent breakn’ ground,

with a Shire road makin’ push.

He told me of Wanaaring on

the banks of the big Paroo.

He spoke about this fragile land

and what we all should do.

 

He’d built those roads from here to Bourke,

from Griffith to Fords Bridge

but many the tales he told me were ---

far from ridgy didge.

He says,

the red plains are good for growing things,

from the likes of golden crowbars, to ladies finger rings.

Crowbars grow just overnight

using morning dew, outback,

from planting in the rich red soil

a flat and brass thumb tack.

Ladies rings are easy,

usin’ star washers and some springs

with a touch of moonlight magic,

Presto!

a tray of diamond rings.

 

Then, the wire netting water bag

got mentioned bye and bye.

A sly old grin creased his face.

He had a twinkle

in his eye ?

(c) Rimeriter. 

Created 30/5/02.

 

 

       Web Site: Jims Jottings

Want to review or comment on this short story?
Click here to login!


Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!



Popular Poetry Stories
1. Careening
2. The Poets Gavel
3. Hunkered Down With Memories
4. Le paysan et l'ange de la mort
5. FreeVersing: Inside The Unknown Photograph
6. Soul Traveler
7. The Sustaining

Prayer Poems for Mother (A Great Gift for Mother) by John Domino

What can you give mother that will last forever? A prayer poem book that says, "I love you!" This is the ultimate gift for mother or grandmother. It's much better than any card you..  
BookAds by Silver, Gold and Platinum Members

Under the Coolabah Tree by Wendy Laing

Fun, sometimes rowdy and always delightfully full of Australian colour. a collection of Australian Bush poems...  
BookAds by Silver, Gold and Platinum Members

Authors alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us


Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen
AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.