Mataranka Springs (part 14 of ‘The Northern Territory Suite’)

Towering palm trees soar way overhead
An oasis in the dessert
None thought they would see
One of natures oddities
Something that should not be here.
We swim and laze
In waters warmed by the earth
And walking along planked ways
Admire a spider web
Intricate in its weave
That lies across the entrance
Of an unused pool.
We visit Elsey Replica
A reminder of our Never Never days
When the ancients bowed down to man
Instead of staying married to the land
And we feel a shame, a humbling
That we took the people from this great land
A tried to turn them to slaves.

Tim Alderman
(C) 2001

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