Kakadu Dreaming was an idea to publish my first ebook I figured a short book, 24 pages, a photo book to take advantage of the visual aspects of the internet, I had already tried putting 3 titles on Lulu.com and they were not going anywhere. Those poems I wrote in Kakadu back in 1991 when I lived there. They were sitting in a drawer somewhere.
I dug them up. Yes they’ll fit the bill. I selected them. That can go it’s too specific,I’m not sure they are still there.Its not environmental, maybe counter environmental, I’ll reject it.
Lord of Kakadu
He built a kingdom in the grass
In Kakadu – buffalo were his game
They came in DC3’s to shoot and tame
The top End and he gained fame
In cities far removed from grass and plain.
In a truck they forded streams
And camped until they came
To a spring running through Pandanus palm
And there they decided to remain.
He built a house to protect him from the rains
And as the children came, the house he changed
Until a paradise was claimed from the bush.
Pineapples, pawpaw and plaints of tropical domain
He grew in the black soil plains
Water from beneath the ground
Filled the pool and fed the plants
Buffalo fromAsia e tamed
Killing them for meat, his fame
Spread to other Asian domains.
When the Park was proclaimed
The Lord of Kakadu was restrained
From taking tourists to his old claims
No Land Rights remain for those white men
Who tamed the bush of Kakadu.