The mighty Australian Red river Gum

The mighty Australian Red river Gum

A Poem by B.J

I have tried to gather the land, the trees, the life, that surrounds the rivers during drought and rainy seasons.


Across  the waterways they stand
Mighty Red Gums,
Through drought and rainy seasons,
Whispers of wind, leaves rustle,
Red gums sing and dance, when they know water is coming,
The rivers rich red clay, define trees,   

Red river gums are surivours,
Surviving the storms of life,
Gnarled and weathered in time,
With the noon day sun across the Cooper creek,
To the Diamantina River, like a canvas,
Waiting to be painted, the trees stand tall,

Moments of day changes swiftly,
From the desert, to the Mighty Murray River, Margaret and Swan river,
To the Murrumbidgie river, Darling River, Snowy River,
Many legends, are told of this land,
For those that have lived in this land are timeless,
Footprints are from the rivers to the desert,
Stay briefly where water is found,

Native to this land, branches of the Red gums
Stretch across a river, dry or flooded, fish, crustacean creatures,
Holding its arms open for birds, nesting, watching, waiting
A snake may amble and slithers, searching for feed,
Ants, insects, lizards all finding a home,
In a River Red Gum

© 2016 B.J

Author's Note

Purely prose, a story of life

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lots packed into your prose ...of course had to look up the red gum tree and some of the mentioned rivers ;) there is some needed editing scattered here and there but overall i do get the sense of respect for the land and animals ...tying it all in with the Red Gum tree a bit of a challenge no doubt .. i like the life circles your story embraces .. overall an enjoyable, informative writing for me

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Added on September 16, 2016
Last Updated on October 8, 2016
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I live in rural South Australia, among the best wine district in the state. I enjoy dabbling with words, seeing what I can create. I appreciate creative reviews. more..

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