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"Gates" - A Bush Poem found in the Birdsville Museum (Read 5243 times)
 
Mar 12th, 2012 at 8:26pm

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I found this poem on display in the Working Museum at Birdsville. I hope you enjoy it.

Gates
St Peter put his yo yo down and rubbed his saintly eyes
As through a cloud a figure bowed pursued by a swarm of flies
Came tramping up to Heaven’s Gates, stood there in amaze
Then dropped his swag and tucker bag and said ’Well spare me days

I’ve thumped this here matilda from the age of seventeen
There ain’t a track in all outback the two of us haven’t seen
But when I rolled me final swag I thought I’d cleaned the slate
Now stone the crows, before me nose, I see another gate!

In fifty years of hoofin’ it and covering all the while
Twelve miles a day at least I’d say, at two gates to the mile
I ain’t much good at figures but the way I calculate
In my career I’ve opened near on fifty thousand gates

These gates they simply haunt me, there were gates of every sort
Rusted gates and busted gates, high, low, long and short
Gates that seem to challenge you, and gates that seem to cringe
Lazy gates, crazy gates that hang on half a hinge

Gates timbered up with fencing wire, and gates all pretty scrolls
With patent catch and home-made latch, and gates made out of poles
Wide gates and narrow gates, big carriers and small
Sagging gates, dragging gates, I’ve wrestled with them all

I’ve opened them and shut them till the sight of all I hate
I’d rather miss your heavenly bliss than open that there gate
What’s that? You’ll open it for me, now that’s what I call nice
And close it too when I get through? Well, this is paradise.

The poem carries the following notation:

Found under a straw palisade in Cordillo Downs Shearing shed in 1938 -  Godfrey Bedford
 
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Reply #1 - Mar 12th, 2012 at 9:18pm

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Flash Jack from Out the Back wrote on Mar 12th, 2012 at 8:26pm:
I found this poem on display in the Working Museum at Birdsville. I hope you enjoy it.

Gates
St Peter put his yo yo down and rubbed his saintly eyes
As through a cloud a figure bowed pursued by a swarm of flies
Came tramping up to Heaven’s Gates, stood there in amaze
Then dropped his swag and tucker bag and said ’Well spare me days

I’ve thumped this here matilda from the age of seventeen
There ain’t a track in all outback the two of us haven’t seen
But when I rolled me final swag I thought I’d cleaned the slate
Now stone the crows, before me nose, I see another gate!

In fifty years of hoofin’ it and covering all the while
Twelve miles a day at least I’d say, at two gates to the mile
I ain’t much good at figures but the way I calculate
In my career I’ve opened near on fifty thousand gates

These gates they simply haunt me, there were gates of every sort
Rusted gates and busted gates, high, low, long and short
Gates that seem to challenge you, and gates that seem to cringe
Lazy gates, crazy gates that hang on half a hinge

Gates timbered up with fencing wire, and gates all pretty scrolls
With patent catch and home-made latch, and gates made out of poles
Wide gates and narrow gates, big carriers and small
Sagging gates, dragging gates, I’ve wrestled with them all

I’ve opened them and shut them till the sight of all I hate
I’d rather miss your heavenly bliss than open that there gate
What’s that? You’ll open it for me, now that’s what I call nice
And close it too when I get through? Well, this is paradise.

The poem carries the following notation:

Found under a straw palisade in Cordillo Downs Shearing shed in 1938 -  Godfrey Bedford


What's going on here? I didn't post this ??
 

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Reply #2 - Mar 13th, 2012 at 7:11pm

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Will the Real outback jack please step foward  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

I reckon that you might have to be shown the gate OutbackJack  Grin Grin Grin

maybe come back as Jack from the Outback  Grin Grin

loved the pearly gates poem  Smiley Smiley Smiley


 

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Reply #3 - Mar 13th, 2012 at 8:21pm

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Hi outback jack ...
Not sure myself. The user name went through ok. If you are concerned, I will try and see if I can get another name. Had this for some time, but you have been a participant here a lot longer, so shall bow to whatever system of seniority may exist here. Let me know.
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Reply #4 - Mar 13th, 2012 at 8:59pm

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I reckon that you might have to be shown the gate OutbackJack  Grin Grin Grin

Fair enough. I was just passing by. Plenty of other bush cooking sites I can go to.

maybe come back as Jack from the Outback  Grin Grin

loved the pearly gates poem  Smiley Smiley Smiley

Glad you enjoyed it.

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Ahhhh we have two OB Jacks.  There is a little difference though.

The last Jack, you can change your name to something different by going into your profile.  Smiley

If you have any problems let me know.


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How about this one. Surely there can't be two of these?
 
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Reply #7 - Mar 14th, 2012 at 1:14pm

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Flash Jack from Out the Back wrote on Mar 14th, 2012 at 8:29am:
How about this one. Surely there can't be two of these?


Looks good to me


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Surely there can't be two of these?


definitely unique there Flash  Cheesy Cheesy

great to see you enjoy a sense of aussie humour  Smiley Smiley Smiley
 

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Flash Jack from Out the Back wrote on Mar 14th, 2012 at 8:29am:
How about this one. Surely there can't be two of these?

Welcome Flash..
Surely not.

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