Monday, June 26, 2006

Green and Gold Malaria

Green and Gold Malaria

by Rupert McColl

The day would soon arrive when I could could not ignore the rash.

I was obviously ill and so I called on Dr Nash.

This standard consultation would adjudicate my fate.

I walked into his surgery and gave it to him straight:

"Doc, I wonder if you might explain this allergy of mine,

I get these pins and needles running up and down my spine.

From there, across my body, it will suddenly extend -

My neck will feel a shiver and the hairs will stand on end.

And then there is this symptom that only man can fear -

A choking in the throat, and the crying of a tear."

Well, the doctor scratched his melon with a rather worried look.

His furrowed brow suggested that the news to come was crook.

"What is it Doc?" I motioned. Have I got a rare disease?

I'm man enough to cop it sweet, so give it to me please."

"I'm not to sure," he answered, in a puzzled kinbd of way.

"You've got some sort of fever, but it's hard for me to say.

When is it that you feel this mst peculiar condition?.

I thought for a moment, then I gave him my position:

"I get it when I'm standing in an Anzac Day parade,

And I get it when the anthem of our native land is played,

And I get it when Meninga makes a Kiwi- crunching run,

And when Border grits his teeth to score a really gutsy ton.

I got it back in '91 when Farr-Jones held the cup,

And I got it when Japan was stormed by Better Loosen Up.

I get it when Banjo takes me down the Snowy River,

And Matilda sends me waltzing with a billy-boiling shiver.

It hit me hard when Sydney was awarded the Games,

And I get it when I see our farmers fighting for their names.

It flattened me when Bertrand raised the boxing kangaroo,

And when Perkins smashed the record, well, the rashes were true blue.

So tell me, Doc," I questioned. "Am I really gonna die?"

He broke into a smile before he looked me in the eye.

He wiped away a tear and then gave me this stirring speech:

"From the beaches here in Queensland to the sweeping shores of Broome,

On the Harbour banks of Sydney, where the Waratah's bloom.

From Urulu at sunset to the Mighty Tasman Sea

In the Adelaide cathedrals, at the roaring MCG.

From the Great Australian Bight to the Gulf of Carpentaria.

The medical profession call it "Green and Gold Malaria"

But forget about the text books, son, the truth I shouldn't hide.

The rash that you've contracted here is good old "Aussie Pride".

You'll die with it, young man, because there isn't any cure."


Just a couple of expressions explained for our overseas visitors.

melon ..head


Meninga..a rugby star

a ton...100 runs in cricket

"Better Loosen Up" .. a race horse

Bertrand/boxing kangaroo...when we won the America's Cup

Perkins......long distance swimmer

cop it sweet...take it

MCG...famous cricket ground in Melbourne.


I just loved this poem when I heard it yesterday, hope you all do too.


Why don't sheep shrink when it rains.


Merle said...

Hi Jacqui ~~ I have always liked that
Rupert McCall poem. It;s so Aussie isn't
it? It would be great if we can win overnight, another night watching.
Terrible tragedy the teenagers murdering
another. I heard it on the news, but did not know it was close to you.
Take care, Merle. Hi Walter.

Jacqui said...

Hi Merle,
I hadn't heard the poem before, but your right, it is so aussie.
The football starts at 11pm here, so we are going to stay up and watch. Whatever happens, it has been a great effort, and they have certainly given us something to get excited about.
Hugs jacqui

Peter said...

A fitting time to post Ruperts poem, I have quite a few of his, all very patriotic.

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