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Aug 6
He was a character
seemingly larger than life -
Dave –
a cattle-man,
tall and lean,
far seeing eyes,
broad brimmed hat
and a distinctive drawl.

A thousand square miles
of red sand,
desert oak
and mulga scrub
was his kingdom.

Some years before,
he had walked
a herd of cattle
twelve hundred miles
for nine months
to establish it.

We knew Dave
as neighbour,
fifty miles away,
not close
but always there
to provide support
or a talk
or coffee
along the track –
always a true bush friend.
Another memory from our years in "the bush".
John Wiley
Written by
John Wiley  81/M/Australia
     Stephen E Yocum, vb and Bogdan Dragos
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