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Codgering 122
Thursday  14 July  2016

Captain: Prez

Yakking: Spot Caffe, Riverwood

Transport:   Train to Riverwood.

Trakking:  Riverwood to Bankstown via Salt Pan Creek 5.9km. MAP

Snakking: Bankstown Sports Club

Pics: Prez | Bussey |

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A quaking bog in a mist..
(Vance Palmer)


Will they never fade or pass!    (Bankstown City Gardens)


THE FARMER REMEMBERS THE SOMME
Will they never fade or pass!
The mud, and the misty figures endlessly coming
In file through the foul morass,
And the grey flood-water lipping the reeds and grass,
And the steel wings drumming.

The hills are bright in the sun:
There's nothing changed or marred in the well-known places;
When work for the day is done
There's talk, and quiet laughter, and gleams of fun
In the old folks' home.

I have returned to these:
The farm, and the kindly Bush, and the young calves lowing;
But all that my mind sees
Is a quaking bog in a mist- stark snapped trees,
And the dark Somme flowing.

- Vance Palmer, enlisted AIF, March 1918.



...the misty figures endlessly coming in file through the foul morass...


There's talk and quiet laughter and gleams of fun...

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