Outback #haibun

We clambered about the riverbank excited that Uncle Rocko would join us. Strumming his guitar as he created nifty river songs for us about the cod, crayfish and eels. The huge river red gums towered above us as wattle scent tickled our sinuses. Mist shrouding the banks on a chill winter morn.

Outback river our worthy playground when beaches and grassy parks were well out of reach. Kingfishers and kookaburras grace our branches instead of begging sea gulls. Platypus spied swimming to safety in the early morning while wombats wandered nearby on their hunt for supplies. Grazing wallabies on alert at any new scents or sounds.

too cold for swimming
wildlife tracks to be explored
on our riverbank

reflections from my amazing visits to my First Nation friends in the outback

dVerse, nature’s magic in a haibun, Merril,


  1. I remember summers able to explore the woods of what is called Up State NY. I’m sure there was water somewhere, but mostly I remember the freedom to roam safely in nature. Lovely haibun.

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  2. Wonderfully illustrative, both the photo and the prose. Sure, we have kingfishers, rivers and mist in North America too, but just about everything you mention is unique to Oz. As such, it’s all so beautifully exotic to me, inspiring daydreams.

    In the broader sense, you reminisce fondly on these things, bringing to mind my own happy memories of a childhood trip to Yellowstone (a national park where the Great Plains climb into the Rockies). Ah, youthood’s honeyed nostalgia!

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    • Yellowstone NP is one of the very few reasons I would ever venture to your part of the world … love everything I’ve seen and know about it! How wonderful to have a childhood there 🙂

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  3. This brings sighs and smiles, Kate! 🙂 So beautiful…your photo and your writing! You’ve captured your memories in vibrant words that ignite our emotions! 🙂

    Having lived poor and not-as-poor, having lived in huge cities and in very rural areas, having bought food and raised my own food, etc….I still find I love the natural nature rural life the best.
    PS…Everyone needs an Uncle Rocko in their life! 🙂

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    • thanks Robbie, they are the actual kids from that riverbank I’ve recalled, altho the red gums mentioned are from another river I lived on further south in the outback 🙂


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