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Lost Poem - You should've been here yesterday..."

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Hi I'm new here - remember a female poet - heard at Tweed Heads approx 6 years ago - her poem was about Aussie travellers who kept missing out on events in towns visited because... "They should've been here yesterday..."

Have lost the 2 Poetry books I purchased from her too.  Can anyone help?

Thanks Jocelyn (Bribie)

Posted : 31/08/2008 6:52 pm
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Dear Jocelyn,
the following is the first example to come to mind, is it the poem you are asking for?

Last Week
by A. B. "Banjo" Paterson

Oh, the new-chum went to the backblock run,
But he should have gone there last week.
He tramped ten miles with a loaded gun,
But of turkey of duck saw never a one,
For he should have been there last week,
They said,
There were flocks of 'em there last week.

He wended his way to a waterfall,
And he should have gone there last week.
He carried a camera, legs and all,
But the day was hot and the stream was small,
For he should have gone there last week,
They said,
They drowned a man there last week.

He went for a drive, and he made a start,
Which should have been made last week,
For the old horse died of a broken heart;
So he footed it home and he dragged the cart --
But the horse was all right last week,
They said,
He trotted a match last week.

So he asked all the bushies who came from afar
To visit the town last week
If the'd dine with him, and they said "Hurrah!"
But there wasn't a drop in the whisky jar --
You should have been here last week,
He said,
I drank it all up last week!

The Bulletin, 16 December 1893
The Man from Snowy River and Other Verses
20 October 1895

Posted : 12/09/2008 3:54 pm
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I may have posted this in the wrong spot so I'll add it here too.

relayed from Glenny Palmer: There is a lady poet from round Gold Coast Tweed Heads area, Maxine Ireland who may be the person you are looking for. If you contact the organisers of the North Pine event they may be able to pass on your contact.

Posted : 12/09/2008 5:28 pm
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Hello, I am also looking for this poem. The one kindly added is not the one Im thinking of.  I heard a lady recite it at Tamworth Country Music festival this year and she said it was written by a very elderly lady in her ninetys.  Its about some grey nomads who always seemed to be at their destination or leaving it on the wrong day, according to a local.
I would appreciate any help. thanks Louise

Posted : 25/02/2009 5:37 am