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Pioneer Poet Henry Kendall (1839-1882)

 



Pioneer Poet

Henry Kendall (1839-1882)

 

This mysterious land.

There is a thirst in the rivers,

more than fairies amongst the greenery.

 

(We threaten the soil with bleats,

create roads to dead-end traps).


This beautiful land.

Trickled down from Christian utopia,

to my bush song.

 

(Pricked with grief’s colour,

I threaten to drown in spirits).

 

This changing land.

Trickled down from heaven,

angels restore my sanity.

 

(From the shadows to a home,

bustling with lives).

 

This opportunist land.

I am a man of letters,

the finest poet in Australia.

 

(More than words support roofs.

Action: forest ranger on horseback).

 

This dangerous land.

What nourishes me,

destroys me.

 

   

Linda Sacco

 

Linda Sacco is a teacher and writer living in Melbourne, Australia.

Her qualifications include Bachelor of Arts (Professional Writing) from Victoria University and Master of Teaching (Primary) from The University of Melbourne.

Her poetry has been published in Ariel Chart, Bluepepper, Dead Snakes, Dual Coast Magazine, 50 Haikus, Haiku Journal, Inwood Indiana, Poetry Quarterly, Poetry Pacific, Tanka Journal, Three Line Poetry and Track + Signal Magazine. Her first full-length poetry collection is Waves.

She is the author of the Which Is Your Perfect Pet? ebook series with titles on Dog Breeds, Designer Dogs, Cat Breeds and Birds.

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