Old Tom...The Prospector....

At times as i sit and remember, my days in the the Great Outback,
I recall with Love an old Prospector, I met on an old dusty track……..
Old Tom was a real Old timer….a relic of days long past..
he’d spent most of his life in Mt Magnet, and now he was one of the last……

Old Tom had come to Australia a mere lad of some 15 years….
he spent his first days on the “railways” laying sleepers with blood..sweat and tears.
Toms mate one day said….“Lets go West Tom for I hear theres gold to be found”
Old Tom came and settled in Mt Magnet and he dug for the Gold in the ground…

But you know like so many before him, old Tom never found his big Seam….
yet with dust and the flies and the sun in his eyes
Old Tom still held tight to his dream…
Old Tom was convinced he’d get lucky, one day his eyes would behold..
as he dug in the clay through the heat of the day
he’d find a big Nugget of Gold…..

And now that Old Toms days are over its so sad, its a crying shame….
after digging with tears through back breaking years…
A machine found the Gold on Toms claim……..

But I know old Toms ghost will be out there…..
he’ll be watching that long dusty track…..
His Face will light up as he greets us
at the door of his old iron shack………….

Old Tom...The Prospector....


Waroona, Australia

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Old Tom was around 70 years old when I met him which would make him over 100 today…..the “Gold Fever” got to him and he died in Claremont Hospital in Perth…
I visited him weekly until he no longer recognised me…..and I left him happily “panning for Gold” in the rose beds of the Hospital……….
This is one of Three Poems I wrote about Tom…..I hope you like them….

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