Jumbuck Blues – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Waltzing – Word of the Day



Jumbuck Blues

Forget that bloody sheep Matilda,
it’ll be the death of me,
besides, the billabong’s a little crowded and all,
so let’s split for somewhere quiet,
we’ll go to Carpentaria and boil some roo tail soup,
or perhaps to Kununurra and pick some bush tucker fruits,
maybe down to Port Augusta and throw a line or two,
I’ve a hankering for fish and eggs,
no jumbuck now for me.
Now, I’ve packed me swag and all,
and my nose is pointed down the road,
so, waddya say there Tilly,
shall we waltz the night to somewhere,
anywhere but here?

©Paul Vincent Cannon


Paul, pvcann.com


Filed under bush walking, Free Verse, life, poem

40 responses to “Jumbuck Blues – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Love the voice in this poem…it makes me want to pack it all in and run off on an adventure!

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  2. memories of Waltzing Matilda

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  3. Talk about a slice of life! Reblogging to my sister site Timeless Wisdoms

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  4. Pingback: Jumbuck Blues – Timeless Wisdoms

  5. Nice poem mate! How is that roo tail soup, as it sounds as good as prawns on the Barbie.

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  6. lync56

    Oh Very good mate – you spin a good yarn with those words


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  7. Onya, Paul!

    I love the voice and the yearning of a fellow wanderer.

    I once walked past an elderly man in the Goldfields, much like the man in the image, who was coming out of the butcher shop with a roo tail wrapped in paper, tucked under his arm. I always wanted to write about him. Maybe, now I have.

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  8. I don’t know, Paul, sometimes I look at the photos of all those 4wds lining up on Cable Beach, and I think it would be quieter to stay home. Ticking this and that off the Bucket List just seems anathema to me. But a quiet walk in my own company or with the one I love, now that seems ideal to me.

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  9. wow look out Banjo … love it!

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  10. Oh I loved it and the Waltzing Matilda theme 🙂💕

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  11. Love all the Aussie words and then the ending!

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  12. Love this new take on a swagman. I’ve sung this with delighted 7 year old students for many years (well not the last verse—its a perfectly mysterious ending for twelve year olds, though) Cue the imaginary Matildas swaying as we walk.. 🐑The drawings I found of swagmen were neat and stylized and almost mythological. Thanks for sharing the other view!😊


  13. Ah! Love your take on Waltzing Matilda.

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