Cocky (Farmer)

Like my father before me
I work on the land
and I help feed a nation from sunlight and sand

I’ve seen the bush burn
and I’ve seen the land flood
So I give it my all with my sweat and my blood

I’ve seen the world change
as I’ve seen the sun rise
and I’ve seen my stock die right in front of my eyes

I’ve watched while my neighbours
walk away from their land
and the city folk care but they don’t understand

Six generations
have toiled on this earth
the land of our dreams, the land of our birth

The land that we work
is what makes us whole
To just walk away is like losing our soul

My son’s in the city
there’s no future here
and my wife works in town for there’s more bills to clear

I’ve seen how our town
has started to die
No bank and no doctor, not hard to see why

Pollies fly in
and then out the same day
Like sheep or like donkeys they bleat and they bray

When election time comes
they promise the earth
but their promises have neither substance or worth

So when the last farmer
walks off of the land
When you import your food, maybe you’ll understand

When all we have now
is taken away
You’d better believe that you’re all going to pay

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  • kvennarad  On December 8, 2011 at 6:06 am

    I love Bush Ballads like this. Unpretentious, straight-down-the-middle stuff. I’ve been following the work of a little-known Aussie poet called Baz Thompson for a handful of years now.

    Marie Marshall

    • livingwithtwins  On December 8, 2011 at 1:32 pm

      Hi Marie, thanks for you kind comment. I haven’t heard of Baz Thompson before so I shall Google him and have a look at his work. I have been writing for many years but am also ‘little-known’ as I post my work on the net rather than selling it so I don’t get to enter any awards and get recognition that way. I will gradually be posting more of my work here as it helps get my verse out to more people but if you would like to read some of my work without waiting for it to get posted here you can find it at:

      • kvennarad  On December 8, 2011 at 6:22 pm

        Followed that link and bookmarked it. 🙂

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