Let the Darling River Flow

Artist: Ruby Davis

Because we remember

the fish

the ducks

the gum trees

the floods

the swimming

the old people:


We will fight them on the bare river banks

and in the algal blooms

on the weirs

and in the irrigation ditches.


The river demands to be

a leisure river

mocking time

not a workaholic

not a slave

not even a working class hero

or any other type of cannon fodder

especially not a globalised

neoliberal river.


Never will we allow

the Darling to become

a free trade river.



a ‘fair go’ river

sounds better

perhaps even

a ‘fair flow’ river

as wild and free

as we can let it be.


Peter Thompson 3rd May 2005

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