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The Lone Guard

Updated on January 29, 2024

Gold panning

The Lone Guard

All is tranquil bar the wind

that annoys and torments leaves in the tree tops

Gusting wind imprisons tumbleweed

in barbed wire fences

Tin flaps against the shell of a miner's shack

A skeletal curtain beats out a tune

against discarded bottles on a ledge

where red dust blankets years of tears and pain

A lightning charge of electricity

illuminates the solitary cross on a hilltop

bearing the carved words - barely visible

Benjamim Turner 1870 -1883

Guarding all that remains

of sleeping memories in other unmarked graves

Tells naught of mental torture suffered by boys

digging the earth like men, beside fathers and brothers alike

Nor of wives and daughters tending chores

aware of dangerous rock falls and cave-ins

facing their men tunneling like rabbits for gold

Their spirit mystifying all that follows

Tough it out

All our life

we’ve worked hard

to raise and teach our family

right from wrong

Yet our pollies juggle us

like puppets

they bend and sway

regardless of what we say

We have no chance

with smart lawyers

they have taken our freedom of choice

and our rights as human beings

They have sold us out

yet most still think

if they get a job and work

all will turn out right

Think again

there are no jobs

with modern technology

we have become their robots

                                                                                               

Old Cemeteries

What is it about cemetries that attracts flocks of people to them. No it isnt to visit their own loved ones - its a curiosity or something I just dont know what.

It is amazing how many times while travelling around australia that we have stopped by at the old cemeteries to read the inscriptions on the graves of old pioneering families. They did it tough in those days.

It is eyeopening when you see how many people have lost most of their children at a very young age. We have found that some families suffer more than others. It just makes you wonder why?

© 2008 Eileen hughes

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