The Poetry of Brian Langley
Now back before the TV came,
Most Aussies sounded much the same.
We had a slow and easy way
Of saying things we had to say.
The way we talked, some folks would call
The lazy way, a sort of drawl;
It was the way our parents spoke,
The same for bush and city folk.
We’d run a lot of words together,
And visitors from far off lands
Would shake their heads and hold their hands
As if to ask “What did he say,
What is this wotchadoont’day?”
For as we spoke our lips stayed closed,
No teeth and open mouth exposed,
For we knew well, for we were wise,
We did it to keep out the flies.
Read this and the other 14 verses in my booklet "Driving in the Outback"
© Brian Langley September 2007
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