Menindee

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Menindee

I had not returned to the Broken Hill area since our family left in 1979. Nor had I said good bye to the area either.  Now, I am back to visit. It stirs so many memories and emotions.  While the morass of memories move around and settle, this simple verse might pave the way.  Menindee Lake  is east of Broken Hill. Part of the Darling River System, it is quite a place.

Menindee

Lake
in the dryland.
Billabong
in the bush.
Creatures
of feather and claw,
of fur and paw,
and human ways,
gather
to your shores.
Your filling and emptying,
your dead trees
and expanses of water
are
a long told parable
of the paradox
of our land.
May we respect your lessons
and
be still
before your beauty.

Simon C.J. Falk 6 September 2014

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