John Deere Ringers
Out on the flat
Cattlemen assemble with their gear;
Not camp drafting trucking bullocks.
They’ve hoe and fertiliser.
Forklift for a steed;
“Watermelon Jack” not “Brumby Jack”
More often herd these days.
Steady throb of little tractors
Replace bull buggy and aeroplane
No need to pray for cyclones
Or steady winter rain,
Wind, droughts – they’re unafraid.
It gushes forth deep underground,
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Flowing down the channels
Water sprayed through sprinklers on the ground
Irrigating tons of melons
Through a lattice work of foliage
On once red dusty ground.
John’s novel “The Ute” is now physical
> Available from Lulu.com in Paperback (pictured) for AU$24.99
> Now available at Lulu.com (Digital ePUB version) for AU$3.50
> Also available on iTunes and Barnes & Noble book stores.
> 1st edition of “The Ute” (34pp shorter) still available on Kindle (Kindle)
> For our US friends, A “ute” is a utility vehicle; a pickup truck.
|Pages||238pp||big writing 2000pp|
|Dimensions (cm)||14.81 x 20.98||4 dimensional|