A moment in time, a moment of peace

I thought I’d give readers a break from my musical adventures – I was recently reminded of my time up north in the Kimberley


In the Kimberley, 1994


An absolute peace chased the dawn

dimming memories of the night sky’s

show of shooting stars,

and being crapped on by fruit bats

from their Pandanis Palm fortress

chattering in the dark.


The Jetranger’s whining turbines

called time on a swift cold breakfast;

the diamonds were waiting.

Day after day of dry stream samples,

condemned to work in majestic gorges,

to swim in cool lakes.


Crocs made the wet samples more fun.

Silent death waited patiently

somewhere in the high grass,

but death was everywhere out here,

the adder, the sun, the breakdown

in the midst of nowhere.


When the chopper didn’t return

we made camp, waited for rescue,

which came nine hours later;

the welcome sound of rotor-blades

interrupting contemplation

of this tenuous life.


We flew back over savannah,

parched land awaiting the monsoon’s

deluge driven rivers,

a desolate expanse, so harsh,

so unforgiving, so vicious,

so irresistible.


The pilot had removed the doors;

I leant out to drink in the view,

a warm breeze on my face.

Skimming treetops in the dusk light

beneath a glowing orange sky

was a perfect moment.

About George Fripley
I am a writer who enjoys writing humour, satire, poetry and sometimes a bit of philosophy. I live in Perth, Western Australia and occasionally get a poem or article published. It's all good fun! I have two books available for unwary readers, Grudges, Rumours and Drama Queens- The Civil Servant's Manual (This contains all that anybody could ever want to know about why government runs so slowly) and More Gravy Please! - the Politician's Handbook. (available through Amazon). Real name Peter Tapsell...just started off writing under a pseudonym and kept going.

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