This poem is in appreciation of both my partner Jan C. Morris and I, Tony Lambides-Turner, being welcomed most warmly into your township of Korumburra, after leaving Chelsea Heights, in Melbourne. We were both residents there for over 30 years.
It’s from ‘Henry Lives’, the June edition. Henry Lives is distributed nation-wide to all our members and readers.
Heading down the South-Gippy highway
in Korumburra now we stay
Nyora in swirling dust
revving machines, where some combust!
Poowong’s, verdant hillsides green
a lush dairy-machine.
Bass? What no Big-Worm!
Where’s ‘Sharkie gone? Let’s not squirm
Picnic-races at Woolamai, six meets a year
trust your luck, have a beer
Wonthaggi, wind-farm, birds harm, stabilisation
Desalination? Or criminalisation.
Travel south, coast away
here in Inverloch, jazzmen play
Go westward ho! Kilcunda pub
Bass Strait views, with great grub
Nearby bustling Leongatha,
where busy tradesmen gather.
Warragul trotters on display
Korumburra, Warragul and Maffra’s, Shows
February, March, October all goes
Drouin’s, February, Ficifolia Fest.
Baw Baw Poets and muso’s come, perform their best.
Gippsland Rail-trails abound
ride or walk, so many feet just pound
Wonthaggi’s State Coal Mine
top tourist attraction, stand in line
Phillip Island’s penguins boast
Wildlife, on a rugged-coast.
Along Great Southern line, mining town’s stories re-told
of mined coal ‘black gold’, to State Railways sold
Annual Coal Creek Literary Festival everyone’s destination
spreading the word of Lawson, poet of a nation
Early October, important date to note
writers new friendships, or just promote.
As red-rattlers, in sunlight gleam
polished-brass, upholstery green
where once, steam-whistles would blow
now only, K 169 big engine, black loco
stepping-back in time
Black Diamond coal-mine.
Museum plenty on display
where weekly 200 tons of coal, brought only 44 cents a day
nearby Krowera Church stands proud
Jeetho’s 2690 School-room, once kids would crowd
flying-fox cash-register, at Devlin’s and more
here the, families-own General Store.
Mine poppet-head towers above it all
Hark! Hear yesteryear’s miner’s call
this silent living-link with the past
Coal Creek Village will forever last.
Radovick’s Middle Pub the place to be
great tucker, fireside warmth, generous-hospitality.
Cherie and Maria’s Tiny-Teapot Café,
snack or cuppa, papers each day
Ah! Gippsland folks always have a laugh and a smile
our nearby cousins, by a country-mile.
Tony Lambides-Turner, Korumburra; aka the Korumburra Kooka, past president of the Henry Lawson Society, Melbourne.