of interest

Yvonne is a wife and mother, and belongs to the Gallery 119 Writers' Group at Norman Park in Brisbane. She works as a part-time Library Assistant and loved the book by John Elliott, 'On the Road with Slim'.

"I sent a poem, Slim Dusty Born to be . . . , into Helen's Rage Page, Tamworth which Helen kindly included in the Tributes to Slim Dusty," Yvonne said.

"A video I have watched three times is '91 over 50' and refers to Slim's 91 albums over 50 years. Slim talks before each song on why a favourite poem/person/song was recorded."

Yvonne also wrote a poem on the Macleay River NSW as Helen had put a photo up of the Macleay River on her site to inspire poets to send in a poem. Her contribution is in the 'Poetry' section of Helen's Rage Page

 

Australia Post commemorative stamp

LAST MAN STANDING
Winter Olympics Gold 2002

©Yvonne Pick


Have you heard the story
Of a 'Golden' Brisbane man,
Winter Olympian, Steven Bradbury,
And his dream of a long-shot plan.

To go out fast and risk a spill
In the 1000m speed skating race,
Or choose clever and 'hold back' tactics,
Allow others to set the frenetic pace.

Rated 'the weakest in the field' by some,
And with golden hair spiked and a cheeky grin,
Steve had years of experience and the tenacity
To cause an upset win.

As treacherous bends crashed out the elite,
Determination, Speed, Luck, and Skill
Came to the fore for an awesome Aussie to
Finally fit the gold medal bill.

Australia has faced many a drought,
68 years a long wait for Winter Olympic glory,
But Steve's unprecedented strategy
Gives a Golden glow to this story.

A lesson for us all,
Just like the tortoise and the hare,
You don't have to be the fastest
You just have to give it your best and be there!

Standing on the dais
Decked out in green and gold,
Australian hearts swelled with pride
To see Australia's first-ever Winter Olympics Gold.

Fate smiled at Salt Lake City as
Aussie folklore was created.
Steven Bradbury, the man of the moment,
'Last Man Standing', we're elated!