After Edwin Morgan’s Canedolia
An Off-Concrete Van Diemonian Fantasia
yeah! but nah! she’ll be right cobber.
nook saw grove. ross saw ouse. perth saw cramps. nile saw glebe. dee saw forth. gray saw hayes. leam saw leith. sprent saw steppes.
from richmond to railton to bagdad to bangor to brighton to swansea to hastings to hobart to southport to cambridge to cradoc to wynyard to stanley to burnie to dover to rokeby to kempton to orford to acton to franklin to fern tree to howrah to smithton to cygnet.
what is it like there?
och it’s promised land, it’s break o’ day, it’s adventure bay, it’s egg lagoon, it’s flowerpot.
what do you do?
we moonah and cooee, we triabunna and bernacchi and scamander. we liaweenee, ringarooma and mount mismanagement. we play at mangalore, dynnyrne, needles and strahan. We binalong bay, and there’s always a bit of kettering. if it’s wet, pearshape and penguin.
what is the best of the state?
snug! friendly beaches! paradise!
and the worst?
sandfly, granny’s gut, cape grim, break-me-neck hill
listen! what’s that?
daisy dell and diddleum plains. pay no heed, they’re looking for dubbil barril.
tell us about last night
well, we had a wee cockle creek and we lay on cowrie point. it was pure electrona!
but who was there?
melaleuca and breadalbane and fentonbury and interlaken and jackeys marsh and milkshakes hill and monster creek and tomahawk and yambacoona and wesley vale and waddamana and melton mowbray and wayatingah and tulendeena and tarraleah and nunamara and naracoopa and nabageena and moriarty and montumana and milabena and lunawanna and killiecrankie and henrietta
and what was the toast?
lutana! alonnah! taroona!
Ruth Dawkins is a writer from a tiny island in the north of Scotland. Four years ago she moved to Tasmania, where the cold winters, beautiful light and generous measures of whisky make her feel very much at home. She blogs as DorkyMum (http://dorkymum.wordpress.com) and can also be found at ruthdawkins.net