Rex Ingamells

Shifting Camp

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Glint of gumtrees in the dawn,

so million coloured: bush wind-borne

magpie-music, rising, falling;

and voices of the stockmen calling.

Bellowing of cattle: stamping,

impatient of the place of camping:

bark of dogs, and the crack-crack-crack

of stockwhips as we take the track.

Neighing of night-rested mounts...

This is a day that really counts:

a day to ride with a hundred head,

and a roll of canvas – that's my bed.

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