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Where the Pelican Builds Exhibition Opening

Renowned artist Lyn Barnes would like to invite you and your friends to attend the exhibition opening of “Where the Pelican Builds” at the Lyn Barnes Gallery, 17 Sommerfield Road, Quilpie at 6pm, Thursday the 1st April.

Where the Pelican Builds

The horses were ready, the rails were down,
But the riders lingered still
One had a parting word to say,
And one had his pipe to fill.

Then they mounted, one with a granted prayer,
And one with a grief unguessed.
“We are going,” they said, as they rode away
“Where the Pelican builds her nest!”

They had told us of pastures wide and green,
To be sought past the sunset’s glow;
Of rifts in the ranges by opal lit;
And gold “neath the river’s flow.

And thirst and hunger were banished words
When they spoke of that unknown West;
No drought they dreaded, no flood they feared,
Where the pelican builds her nest!

The creek at the ford was but fetlock deep
When we watched them crossing there;
The rains have replenished it thrice since then,
And thrice has the rock lain bare.

But the waters of Hope have flowed and fled,
And never from blue hill’s breast
Come back – by the sun and the sands devoured
Where the pelican builds her nest!

                                                                 Mary Hannay Foott

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