Bush poets deliver stanzas of laughs


Our bush poets did offer to write this but didn't get time before our deadline so I had to try my own rendition. If you think you can do better, email

WHY the long face, the bush poet said

Come to Lawrence Hall Sunday

And we'll make you laugh till you're red

A day of bush poetry, that's what we say

Called Why the Long Face,

A day to develop our sense of place

The day will be startin'

With Murray Hartin

Muz is described as a funny man

The subject of a TV ban

He will be there to share

His best poems to date

Like Rain from Nowhere

About a farmer's good turn of fate

His poem Turbulence

Is about old Billy Hayes

Who he met when you'd least expect it

On an insurance junket

Is described as the most read

Poem of our modern days

After Muz is young Peter Capp

Who'll make the kids chuckle

And give their sides a slap

Peter makes jokes

Jokes that are funny

He likes to take pokes

At modern society

Phil Strutt will be ending

The humorous show

Before the Lawrence Tavern

Where I'm sure you'll all go

Phil's "The Constipated Quokka"

Is sure to be quite the shocker

He's appointed himself to the coveted job

Rottnest Island's poet laureate.

It's said to be performance you won't soon forget

Not like Phil's subject,

In "The Guide who Got Lost"

Now it is time to tell you the cost

Which is 15 bucks

To be paid at the door

Of the old Lawrence Hall.

I'm sure it'll be a real bushy ball.

Topics:  bush poetry

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