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June 28, 2021

Strong, Capable and Creative

Strong, Capable and Creative

They want to save the valley
It’s written in their creed.
They want to save the valley
With its strong creative breed.
They want the people living there
Coping with their lot
To accommodate an influx
Of a totally different mob.

People who’ve read smart adverts
And admired rows of vines,
Sipped a chardonnay or claret
Deciding their new home
And the vines looked “Oh, so lovely!”
But they weren’t aware that tractors
Actually cultivate the vines.

And harvesters thrash endlessly
Through long hot summer nights
With a back-up team of trucks and tractors
And glaring white arc lights
Not to mention presses pressing
And augers churning in the night,
Pumping, churning, pressing fruit
To the tanks from vines.

They want to save the valley
With its strong creative breed,
But they’re hungry for suburbia
With its rates and fees on fees.
They will not be happy
Till the ‘eaves are wall-to-wall
And the gutters bucket acid rain
On the once rich valley floor.

The vines are watered daily
By a brand new shire truck
And the job is done by smoko
‘Cause the vines have been ripped up,
All in the name of progress
For those with no horses, vines or trucks.

👍 jt

John’s novel “The Ute” is now physical

the ute novel physical copy
> 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.
JT on Facebook

Paperback Electronic
Weight 0.41kg 0kg
Pages 238pp big writing 2000pp
Dimensions (cm) 14.81 x 20.98 4 dimensional

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June 21, 2021

John Deere Ringers

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,
Powered by diesoline.

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.

👍 jt

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John’s novel “The Ute” is now physical

the ute novel physical copy
> 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.
JT on Facebook

Paperback Electronic
Weight 0.41kg 0kg
Pages 238pp big writing 2000pp
Dimensions (cm) 14.81 x 20.98 4 dimensional


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June 14, 2021

Cruising The Swan Valley

Cruising The Swan Valley

Cruising the Swan Valley
Sampling rum, fine wine and beer
When clouds obliterated
My view to the rear.

At first I thought a rain squall
Had overcast the sky
When klaxons strident comment
Blared very close behind.

A road train signs in my rear-view,
Bull bar and towing eye,
Mudguards and bonnet rearing
Amongst the clouds and sky.

Transfixed by bulldog’s baleful stare
Intent on somewhere up ahead
Through the Swan and back again.

Faster through the valley
Past crossroads, tourist signs
Tailgate trailers swinging
Evil bulldog eyes.

Out in the farming country
Round Brajkovich’s bends
Hounded by that bulldog
Never coming back again.

A long truck bay’s inviting;
Escape the dreaded lash
Of engine roar and turbo scream
Between each gearbox crash.

Quick twist on the steering
Off the black top track
Too hard touring the valley
Mixing with the road trains.

👍 jt

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John’s novel “The Ute” is now physical

the ute novel physical copy
> 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.
JT on Facebook

Paperback Electronic
Weight 0.41kg 0kg
Pages 238pp big writing 2000pp
Dimensions (cm) 14.81 x 20.98 4 dimensional


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June 7, 2021

Lamonts

Lamonts

Waited on the sippers
For a corner of the bar.
Had a light red or cabernet
Passed casually my way –
Never missed a top up
As the crowd passed comment and stayed.

Assisted loading cartons of Lamonts’ selected wines;
Courtesy boot lights glow
As we load ‘em up with wine.

They generally leave
With one just for the road;
Luncheon ending in
A taste all afternoon.

Thrown a heap of olive seeds
Outside the winery bar;
Topped a glass with ice blocks
Late summer afternoons.

Heated debate laced with Verdelho –
A volatile sputtering fuse.

Last few half bottles of tasting wine;
Sliding winery door – corrugated iron;
Holding back – reluctant to go;
Night bush noises – burr of the phone
Answered by a mechanical tone.

Clink of glasses – rustling leaves;
Kangaroo pads through the trees.

Come on you lot;
Lamonts finally closed.

👍 jt

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John’s novel “The Ute” is now physical

the ute novel physical copy
> 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.
JT on Facebook

Paperback Electronic
Weight 0.41kg 0kg
Pages 238pp big writing 2000pp
Dimensions (cm) 14.81 x 20.98 4 dimensional


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Strong, Capable and Creative
John Deere Ringers
Cruising The Swan Valley
Lamonts