Francis Duggan


There He Goes 'The Kangaroo' - Poem by Francis Duggan

In the wood that skirts the paddock when the sun is out he doze
And he stretch and rest his 'hoppers' the marsupial 'there he goes'
'There he goes' the English meaning for his Aboriginal name kangaroo
The great creature from the Dreamtime the black hunter did pursue.

They've been living in Australia ever since life first began
And they've been hopping through the bush lands perhaps since the birth of man
They'd been living and established unknown creatures without name
When Australia was unknown Land long before the black man came.

What a funny sight a mother as she goes on 'hop about'
With her 'joey' in the warm pouch and his small head sticking out
And as she needs to eat she must stoop and she goes into a crouch
And her joey too nibbles grass as he reaches from her pouch.

They are disliked by the farmers they eat grass meant for his sheep
And they jump above his fences with effortless bounding leap
But the kangaroo has been around since birth of first gum tree
And he's a pure bred Australian and belong to this Country.

In the wood that skirts the paddock when the sun is out he doze
And he stretch and rest his hoppers the marsupial 'there he goes'
'There he goes' the English meaning for his Aboriginal name kangaroo
The great creature from the Dreamtime the black hunter did pursue.


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Poem Submitted: Monday, December 31, 2007



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