Poems

Stephen Gilfedder: Six Poems

Allie Riding Mr Gentle My daughter on the black horse shouting watch me against a landscape with no distractions has me thinking of another variation on the archetypal parent theme: if only your great-grandmother could see you now. Fordie, the teenage jillaroo and cook in Wild West Gippsland, rode from Carrajung to Fish Creek in a day. Caught in an electrical downpour, sheltering in the cattlemen’s wattle and daub with the rammed earth floor and chooks cooped up inside against the foxes. Mustering, snapping out the stockwhip like a goanna’s tongue before the dismissive stationhands, aureoled by her pride and…

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