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When I Return To Koroit

Posted Saturday 14th November 2009 at 22:27 by Francis Duggan
When I return to Koroit it must be in the Spring
When the paddocks are looking greener and the nesting wild-birds sing
The sun is shining bright today in the old Country Town
But the countryside around it is looking rather brown.

The magpie in the moonlight will pipe his flute like air
And the fruit trees in the gardens their pink blossoms will wear
And the blackbird and the grey shrike thrush will be whistling melodious and clear
When I return...
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Peregrine Falcons

Posted Saturday 14th November 2009 at 22:20 by Francis Duggan
The fearless hunters of the day they circle in the sky
And faster than a swallow 'tis said that they can fly
They can kill birds far larger than themselves in flight they make the kill
They nest in holes in the sandstone cliffs on the face of the brown hill,
The fearless hunters of the clouds with terror in their cry
The fastest birds of prey on Planet Earth few that fact would deny
Than the Peregrine falcons in their cloaks of dark to grey
You will...
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A Flock Of Starlings

Posted Saturday 14th November 2009 at 22:16 by Francis Duggan
A flock of at least five hundred starlings in the darkening evening sky
Towards the reed beds in the swamplands for to roost they quickly fly
In a tight flock together they fly at such great speed
They seem to be quite leaderless a leader they don't need
The way they fly in tight flocks could be an anti predator thing
Of the praises of the starling you won't hear many sing
Yet despite human attempts to curtail them they seem to multiply
They are the...
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Warrnambool In January

Posted Friday 13th November 2009 at 22:20 by Francis Duggan
'Tis warm in the full sun but in the shade 'tis cool
And the magpies and the mudlarks are singing in the City of Warrnambool
Their music in the Summer air where the cars buzz up and down
On Lava Street in the heart of the busy seaside Town.

A pleasant day in January a high of twenty nine degrees
And there is a nice sort of coolness in the freshening coastal breeze
And the magpies and the mudlarks pipe their distinctive melodies
Near where...
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The Day That Old Jack Died

Posted Friday 13th November 2009 at 22:16 by Francis Duggan
The cold north winds of January blew across the Countryside
And Clara wore his hat of snow on the day that old Jack died
Old Jack our brave brown cattle dog we never more would see
We buried him in the backyard by the sycamore tree
Where he often had lain and slept when the sun was in the sky
In his latter years years for an hour or two in weather warm and dry,
We found him dead in the coal shed he had turned fourteen years
A sad day for the family...
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