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The Longest Walk – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Walk – RDP Saturday

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Photo: The Hull River, NT, usually a dry river, but a raging torrent if heavy rains come, behind me is Lasseter’s Cave.

 

The Longest Walk

Days of dehydrated confusion
heat boiling my blood
the camels had bolted
their pegs loosed and broken
and only the Pitjantjatjara people
knew what to do,
they led me along the Hull River
to the Tjunti soak
and put me in a cave
shaded, watered, and fed,
Old Wart watched over me
while the old women brought me food.
But that reef is calling
and I’m so fevered for gold,
barely able to stand
I set off yet again
driven, determined,
maddened,
but little did I know, though,
in my bones I sensed it,
this next short walk
would be my longest.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

 

Note: Lasseter, who alleged that at 17 yrs he’d found a 16 km gold reef in the outback, came to grief on his expedition in 1931 to reestablish its whereabouts. His companions were away and he was alone when his camels spooked and bolted, taking the water and food with them. The local indigenous found him nearly dead, and cared for him, laying him up in a small cave on the Hull river. Weakened, he set off on foot again, walking 55 kms eastwards and collapsed and died. He was 51 yrs old.

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Monday Walk

Jos Monday Walk

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The upper reaches of Margaret River where it crosses a road, this year a steady flow.

paul,

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Focussed

via Daily Prompt: Focused

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I’m focussed on orchids. Cowslip Orchids, native to Western Australia, not endangerd overall, but under pressure where they are adjacent to urban areas. Saw these on a recent trail walk, there were many along the trail which is heartening, and the moths that help pollination were out in force, so some hope for regeneration.

When posting about orchids here it is really important to not give any details of your find, why? Because there are people who will go and dig them up, or take them as cut flowers. Which is counter productive because many Australian native plants are not easily transplanted, and most orchids won’t transplant, so to move them at all is just destructive. And to cut them is to kill them off. Sadly there are those who try (which happened several times where I live). Others will trample all over them just to get a shot of the one they want. It is very competetive, especially the endagered ones (no acounting for ego). There are such people. I really live in hope that orchids and their habitat will be a focus for protection by city councillors and workers all over the state, rather than the devastating rush to put concrete over every blade of grass.

If only we could learn from our indigenous peoples – that we must care for habitat, it is our friend and it is entrusted as gift. The gift is to enjoy not destroy, so that others can share in it too. Habitat, ecosystems, are vital to the web of life, surely they are worth more than ego or money? Surely they count in their own right? What we focus on matters!

Paul

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