world tour

I shall now proceed to take
the very best verse
from my greatest poem
on a world-wide tour
of Beechworth
including Wooragee

three special shows
in the empty old hall
just off the Wodonga road
at Leneva

there’ll be one in the hut
usually set aside
for the Scouts and Girl Guides
on Second Street
in Yackandandah

I will wow the crowd
beside the quick-fill dam
at Osborne’s Flat
before I turn round
with my entourage
to recommence the tour
going back again

never forgetting
no I’ll not forget
the sell outs
because there are no tickets available
for Markwood
or Everton
and nothing at all in Whorouly
where the floods also toured
this summer

I think they’ll like me
a hell of a lot
when I make it as far
as Tarrawingee

so thank you
thank you El Dorado
thank you
it means such a lot to hear the echo
of your heartfelt applause
around Mount Pilot
you have been the best
the very best
of my audience

© Frank Prem, 2012

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