What Do You Know?

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Christmas is fast approaching. This will be my younger granddaughter’s first Christmas. She is nearly walking and I’d say by Christmas there’s a fair chance she’ll be up and running. I guess her sister Eloise will have to arrive at the Christmas tree faster this year to see what the jolly, old fellow has left. I reckon if Caitlin was talking as well by then, her first word would have to be “mine”. Watch out, Eloise!

What Do You Know?

Oh, dear, what do you know?
Young Caitlin’s about to get up and go
On her two, little legs, she’s ready to walk
Why, very soon she could even talk!
She’ll be into everything, I kid you not
And telling us all just what is what!

THIS IS A PLACE OF SIGNIFICANCE

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This is a place of significance
None of us came here by chance.
What ancestral being passed this way?
What happened here on a Dreamtime day?

Did the spring explode from the Earth,
Gushing upwards for all its worth?
Was that the reason for ceremony?
For I know about a corroboree.

This is a place of significance
None of us came here by chance.
We followed the dusty Bourke and Hall Road
Across the causeway our tyre treads showed.

What song line played its way through here?
What Dreaming ancestor did appear?
Was it a snake whose mark we see?
Is that why there was a corroboree?

This is a place of significance
None of us came here by chance.
Have our tyre tracks caused you pain,
Opened up old wounds again?

Entrusted to treat this place with care
Our photos captured the beauty there
The faded lines beside the spring
A sharpening groove so the axe would ring.

This is a place of significance
None of us came here by chance.
Here the life force can be found
In the water’s constant sound.

© Jim Low