AT KINGS BILLABONG …

Posted by on Dec 30, 2012 in My River Today | One Comment
AT KINGS BILLABONG …

The following four images were taken of the Murray River and Kings Billabong (near Mildura). They form a Quadptych – four photos telling a time-line story. The photos represent a day in the life of Kings Billabong and the Murray River and the poetry tells the generational story of a father and son’s adventures at this location. The photos are by Bob Jones and poetry by John Leary.

AT KINGS BILLABONG … Morning

When I was a kid my Dad and I
caught shrimps and yabbies
and tadpoles
(we kept them in jars
watched them change) …
we watched birds construct their nests and
raise their young …
we knew shy snakes, wary kangaroos
inquisitive pelicans …

AT KINGS BILLABONG … Midday

As I grew older my gang and I
built secret HQs from which we solved
crimes that had puzzled cops
and other experts …
we sailed crude rafts to far off lands
to save runaway slaves or damsels in distress …
we climbed trees, collected eggs
chased the parent birds …
we skipped flat stones vast distances
with amazing accuracy …
we swam and ran
and paddled flimsy canoes …

AT KINGS BILLABONG … Evening

Later still my girl and I
parked my car (my pride and joy)
in the silent dark among the trees …
we snuggled against the frost
listened to the mopoke
watched for ghosts or bunyips …
we became lovers …

AT KINGS BILLABONG … Next Day

Today, my children and I
catch shrimps and yabbies
and tadpoles
(we keep them in jars
watch them change) …
we watch birds construct their nests and
raise their young …
we know shy snakes, wary kangaroos
inquisitive pelicans …

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AT KINGS BILLABONG … Midday

AT KINGS BILLABONG … Evening

AT KINGS BILLABONG … Next Day

AT KINGS BILLABONG … Morning

Comments - One Comment
  1. Lindy
    January 30, 2013

    Bob and John – the combination of the words and the photos are fantastic – you’ve really captured all the elements of a day by the river and how you’ve interacted over the years. Such a palpable love of Kings Billabong. Really good.

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