True Bush Heros

True Bush Heroes

There are workers and there are talkers but it seems to me
that our real bush heroes are the ones you rarely see.
They stay at home and wait while their men go off all day,
keep the home fires burning – until they’re called away
to “help me pen this baldy brute. I haven’t got all day!”

They’re the country women who work beside their mate:
fencing, poddy branding, helping construct the old “bush gate”.
They can turn their hand to anything, hold fort for “the old man”,
and in drought, go droving with him, helping where they can,
trailing behind the dusty mob, in the battered old Toyota van.

They are the hardy hybrids, plucked from a gentler life,
who choose rugged isolation when they agree to be a wife.
No brick veneer or real ‘mod cons’ greet the new bush bride,
just a fibro hut, or a big tin shed, with ‘the conveniences’ outside -
“But we’ve good land and water,” the new wife beams with pride.

Their children leave home early, as school demands are high,
they have them while they’re babies, or when holidays fly by.
but they wouldn’t change their freedom for the ‘luxuries’ of the city
in fact they view their urban friends with something close to pity.
Not for them the endless rounds of joining this or that committee.

Their life’s view is somewhat larger – there’s a wider picture here
than the daily trek to office (for a purpose that’s not too clear).
Their work has equal status with their partner and mate,
they are building for the future, can’t afford to sit and wait
as they gamble with the weather and thumb their nose at fate.

It’s their life, their land and children that they are working for,
making light of many hardships and coming back for more.
The black snake in the chook yard, the propensity for drought,
or death defying stockyard feats their children will try out.
These women take what’s delt them – it’s what their life’s about.

And if, on rare reflection, they wonder why they’re here,
sweating it with the roughest, hot and dusty in their gear;
they’ll stop and look about them, at their ancient piece of land,
see the wildlife that surrounds them and hear the soft bush sounds,
then they understand completely the liberty they’ve found.

True Bush Heros


Joined April 2008

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