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Mar 14
He was old and lean,
even rangy,
perhaps a little demented,
and rode an old pushbike
around our little, country town.
Some called him our
“geriatric biker”.
Few really knew him.

When he died
I was asked
to conduct the funeral.
I invited a friend, a “local”,
to research his eulogy.

She unearthed
old photographs of a proud man,
wearing a ten gallon hat,
sitting tall in the saddle
on a station horse.
Our geriatric biker
had managed
some of the largest stations
in Australia.

We took him
to our bush cemetery
on the hill behind the town,
overlooking the seemingly endless
arid northern plain
where he had lived and worked.
By request of the family
he was buried
to the country song
“Leave Him In The Longyard”.
"Leave Him In The Longyard" is an Australian country and western song made famous by the late Slim Dusty.
John Wiley
Written by
John Wiley  81/M/Australia
(81/M/Australia)   
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