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A Change Of Menu - Poem by Banjo Paterson

Now the new chum loaded his three-nought-three,
It's a small-bore gun, but his hopes were big.
"I am fed to the teeth with old ewe," said he,
"And I might be able to shoot a pig."
And he trusted more to his nose than ear
To give him warning when pigs were near.

Out of his lair in the lignum dark.
Where the wild duck nests and the bilbie digs,
With a whoof and a snort and a kind of bark
There rose the father of all the pigs:
And a tiger would have walked wide of him
As he stropped his tusks on a leaning limb.

Then the new chum's three-nought-three gave tongue
Like a popgun fired in an opera bouffe:
But a pig that was old when the world was young
Is near as possible bullet-proof.
(The more you shoot him the less he dies,
Unless you catch him between the eyes.)

So the new chum saw it was up to him
To become extinct if he stopped to shoot;
So he made a leap for a gidgee limb
While the tusker narrowly missed his boot.
Then he found a fork, where he swayed in air
As he gripped the boughs like a native bear.

The pig sat silent and gaunt and grim
To wait and wait till his foe should fall:
For night and day were the same to him,
And home was any old place at all.
"I must wait," said he, "till this sportsman drops;
I could use his boots for a pair of strops."

The crows that watch from the distant blue
Came down to see what it all might mean;
An eaglehawk and a cockatoo
Bestowed their patronage on the scene.
Till a far-off boundary rider said
"I must have a look -- there is something dead."

Now the new chum sits at his Christmas fare
Of a dried-up chop from a tough old ewe.
Says he, "It's better than native bear
And nearly as tender as kangaroo.
An emu's egg I can masticate,
But pork," says he, "is the thing I hate."


Comments about A Change Of Menu by Banjo Paterson

  • Gold Star - 71,652 Points Ratnakar Mandlik (3/12/2017 11:10:00 PM)

    The live video shooting of the hunter and his target, along with their movement, wonderfully narrated in this beautiful verse. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 8,468 Points Geoffrey Fafard (3/12/2017 8:16:00 PM)

    Now Banjo - he could tell a story that painted a picture in my mind…and then some…! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 44,926 Points Anil Kumar Panda (3/12/2017 11:32:00 AM)

    Very nice poetry. Thanks for sharing. Enjoyed. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Change

  1. 1. Change Upon Change , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  2. 2. A Change Of Menu , Banjo Paterson
  3. 3. Change , Kathleen Jessie Raine
  4. 4. Sonnet 123: No, Time, Thou Shalt Not Boa.. , William Shakespeare
  5. 5. I Cannot Change, As Others Do , Lord John Wilmot
  6. 6. Change , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  7. 7. It Will Not Change , Sara Teasdale
  8. 8. Elegy Iii: Change , John Donne
  9. 9. A Change Of Air , Clarence Michael James Stani ..
  10. 10. Sonnet: Change You Can But… , Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar ..
  11. 11. The Course Of Life, Time, And Events And.. , Merlin Archivilla
  12. 12. Why Flowers Change Colour , Robert Herrick
  13. 13. Welcome Change , Gina Whitacre
  14. 14. Villanelle Of Change , Edwin Arlington Robinson
  15. 15. Change , Raymond Knister
  16. 16. Change Should Breed Change , William Henry Drummond
  17. 17. A Prayer For Change , Linda Ori
  18. 18. Change And Death , Charles Harpur
  19. 19. Modern Love X: But Where Began The Change , George Meredith
  20. 20. Constancy In Change , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  21. 21. Winds Of Change , asma bahrainwala
  22. 22. Chance And Change , Esther Leclerc
  23. 23. ’tis Time For A Change Of Heart! , Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar ..
  24. 24. I Cannot Change, As Others Do , John Wilmot
  25. 25. Everything That Will Not Change , Amberlee Carter
  26. 26. Time For A Change , Linda Ori
  27. 27. Change , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  28. 28. I Wish It Would Change , Tiara Neal
  29. 29. "Welcome" Change , Pat Richards
  30. 30. Change. , Pissed Off
  31. 31. Butterfly, The Creature Of Change And Su.. , Aisha Sherazi
  32. 32. (620) Menopause-A Change Of Life , Melvina Germain
  33. 33. (((((Wind Of Change))))) , Lillian Jamison
  34. 34. ** Seasons Change. , Shelley L Baxter
  35. 35. Change, The Inevitable. , Jake Harris
  36. 36. I Love You As You Are - Now Change , Flying Lemming
  37. 37. Sonnet: God’s Love And Scriptures- Will .. , Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar ..
  38. 38. The Change , Anne Kingsmill Finch
  39. 39. Pollution And Climate Change , Michael Shepherd
  40. 40. A Positive Change , Seema Chowdhury
  41. 41. (landscapes Collection) .... A Change Of.. , Janice Windle
  42. 42. Sea Change , Robert William Service
  43. 43. A Change Of Luck , Theresa Ann Moore
  44. 44. Change , Muriel Stuart
  45. 45. Change Me O God , Jennie Nguyen
  46. 46. Slight Change , Doom and Gloom
  47. 47. The Change , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  48. 48. Me, Change! Me, Alter! , Emily Dickinson
  49. 49. No Notice Gave She, But A Change , Emily Dickinson
  50. 50. Change , Otteri Selvakumar
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