Bunyah Man -a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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Photo: abc.net.au Bunyah the farm where Les Murray one of Australia’s best known poets grew up as a child and returned as an adult many years later. A place that deeply influenced his poetry.


Bunyah Man

Taree was your last breath
so hard to think of a national treasure
dying ordinary in a nursing home,
what with thirty volumes
and a string of awards,
but now you’re gone,
ashes to ashes
dust to dust with
echoes of Bunyah
the Sydney Push,
conservative nomad
with ears to the ground,
a voice for the little person
and regard for the land,
the Queen’s gold medal
with just a little fame
you were large in life
and in name,
now you’re gone,
but your words remain.

©Paul Vincent Cannon


Paul, pvcann.com


Filed under challenge, Country, Free Verse, life, poem, poetry

23 responses to “Bunyah Man -a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Beautiful tribute, Paul. I have been reading about his life and his incredible poetry and the more I read, the more I am in awe of this wonderful poet.

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  2. A truly heart warming tribute Paul! 🙂

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  3. a most apt tribute Paul, you do him proud … and love that pic, simply stunning!

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  4. What a beautiful tribute! 💕

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  5. What an awesome tribute! I have not heard of this writer, but one of my favourites also died in a nursing home – had much the same effect on me. I am reminded of something a former prof said – that the man who lives the simpler life is more connected to spiritual truths. Thanks for this Paul.

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  7. Very sweet tribute. Many deceased poets are more than alive to me. 🙂

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  8. lync56

    A beautiful tribute so well and emotively written


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