The Poetry of Brian Langley

  Speaking Strine


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,

Like “G’daycobba-‘sbonzaweather”

And “owyagoin-mate-oright?”

And “watchagunnado-t’night?”

 

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.

 

ooooo

 

 Read this and the other 14 verses in my booklet "Driving in the Outback"

 

© Brian Langley  September 2007

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