THEY SHOOT OUR BRUMBIES DON'T THEY?

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THEY SHOOT OUR BRUMBIES DON'T THEY?

Post by Mahalia » 25 Nov 2016, 14:25

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They shoot our Brumbies – don’t they?
Maureen Clifford © 03/12 The Scribbly Bark Poet


She leant against the sliprails with an apple in her hand
an offering of friendship to a mate
A brumby who’d been rescued from an agonizing death,
who now stood quiet, docile by the gate.
His soft and questing muzzle took the apple that she held
he ate it with a measure of delight,
then poked his head across the rail and blew into her hair.
She never worried once that he might bite.

She asked in her child’s simple way as little children do
‘ Just why do they shoot horses? Makes me sad.
Why would you hurt an animal that is so good and kind?
Was it because they did something real bad?
We learnt at school that horses were the backbone of our land.
They worked for us and carried men in war.
This country wouldn’t be the special place it is today
without the horse. What do we shoot them for?’

Her small face clouded over; there were teardrops in her eye.
She stroked the soft and downy chestnut cheek
and laid her face against the whiskered muzzle that was there
to overcome with sorrow now to speak.
And how could one tell her that we shoot horses from the air,
and leave them to a slow and tortured death;
or truck them off to knackeries to end their life in fear
and pain; 'twas man who stole their final breath.

The brumbies of our nation carried our young men to war
and they worked hard on many outback run.
Pulled carriages for Cobb and Co on rough and dusty roads
and safely carried our kids just for fun.
They helped explore this nation back in pioneering days,
they went without their water - often feed.
They were the sole companions to a bloke out on the land
and were a mate, not just a trusty steed.

Yet we stand mute and silent now and let the carnage rage.
Horsepower is to-day mechanical.
How can we now in conscience turn our back on living things
and exercise a will tyrannical.
Please spare a moment's thought - exhort and give sweet reason voice
Let people power rage across our land
Let it be known our Aussie heritage cannot be lost
We need to save our Brumbies while we can.
The Scribbly Bark Poet
see some scribbles here - http://scribblybarkpoetry.blogspot.com.au/

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Re: THEY SHOOT OUR BRUMBIES DON'T THEY?

Post by Teddy » 25 Nov 2016, 18:19

Such a very touching poem Mahalia.

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Post by Mahalia » 28 Nov 2016, 13:05

Thank you Teddy - Sadly it is true
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Post by godfather » 28 Nov 2016, 20:48

Mahalia, I love your poems but I have held back on this one.
I am 'horse lover no 1' and own two great stockies myself, have for many years.
These horses and I get on ok despite having been thrown and badly injured at times.

I can't say that for my contacts with Brumbies over the years.
I've shot the odd Brumby not because I dislike them but because I've witnessed their destructive side too many times.
Have you ever seen a band of 100+ Brumbies roaming the NT and Qld stations?
Have you ever seen them when they are desperate for water or food?
They will kill and no one is going to stop them in their tracks.
A band of Brumbies will sacrifice two horses to break down fences to ensure the others will get a drink or some feed.
This type of behaviour happens daily but isn't often reported because Brumbies are supposed to be nice! (?)
To males fighting over a mare is to the death, no less. If the baby Brumby isn't fast enough to travel with the band it will get killed quickly. No excuses.

Yes, I love horses but I'll make an exception when it comes to Australian Brumbies in the NT and Qld.!

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Post by mavisbramston » 29 Nov 2016, 18:39

Its heart breaking. A beautiful poem but even though I am an animal lover they do indeed destroy the environment for native species especially bilbys. Its terribly sad.The unan race has much to answer for introducing animals that simply do not belong here. Still nothing takes away from your beautiful words and sensitivity dear poet.

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Post by Mahalia » 29 Nov 2016, 18:45

G'day GF - good to hear from you. I can't say that I have personally witnessed that behaviour myself but many wild animals get into massive stoushes whilst protecting their females and many will fight to the death - others get driven off to lead lonely lives, and with prey animals especially the young ones that can't keep up are sacrificed for the good of the herd - so I suppose no real surprises there either. It is and always has been survival of the fittest. And of course the brumby stallion doesn't distinguish when trying to steal a mare - the the victor goes the spoils.

Having agree with you on those aspects I still firmly believe that what we are doing to our brumbies is wrong and in years to come, decades perhaps our actions will be considered reprehensible, and they are, not just to our brumbies but to all the animals in the world that we are driving towards extinction. There has to be a better way. The only true predator on this earth is man and he is the most fearful and heartless predator of them all.
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