The In­land Food Bowl

The Monthly (Australia) - - CONTENTS - by Les Mur­ray

A gapped cir­cle of colonies each star­ing at the ocean through a plaid of cars and im­ports.

In­land lies the still un­crowded heart­land once of drawl and steam­boats now half desert, half fresh­wa­ter prov­ince.

There the Mur­ray de­scends its seven thou­sand feet off the Pi­lot, zigzags over the plains, for­est and fur­row to­ward an out­fall wash.

Nar­row rivers link to this one, or slant north where the dragon Cer­a­to­dus grunts in ivory mail and streets are shaded in pep­per­corn and wil­low.

Hav­ing mon­stered tribesfolk, dressed POWs in ma­roon, it now flick­ers di­als, or pipes ex­pe­ri­enced wa­ter

onto rice, onto cot­ton, on to Ade­laide. Western scrub rivers merge down the Dar­ling above flint blade

and re­buried bones of the War­rior as snow wind chills the salt­bush down from seven thou­sand feet.

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