Marco's Poetry — Australian Bush Verse
Please enjoy these offerings from Marco’s extensive repertoire. These poems were chosen for their wide appeal. Not included are many of Marco’s comedy hits and poems suitable for adults. If you would to hear them, book Marco now!
I don’t kill any animals if I can help it, but grew up at a time when the following rule was applied, ‘The only good snake was a dead one’. My Granny, Ivy Afflick, having been brought up in deadly Taipan Country on the Atherton Table Lands, was the toughest old bird I knew. The real lesson - leave them alone!
The North Gregory Hotel Winton is a great pub, but stupid me left the doors open at the Outback Festival all night and woke up scratching. I wrote this poem for the Breakfast Show that day.
My daughter Sophie, when in grade 1, was asked by her Teacher to select a topic beginning with the letter 'P', and to do either a brief talk or demonstration on that subject. She chose Pancakes. For seven days we ate yummy pancakes. Each morning Sophie arose excitedly practising her technique. The energy and atmosphere she created, plus our appreciation for the daily feast, is captured in this poem.
Marco served almost a decade in the Queensland Police Force, attaining the rank of Detective Senior Constable before leaving. He was a naïve country lad, and begins this performance with a brief story of how he became a copper. Marco then performs 'Pay Day' a serious true crime story/poem in memory of a murder victim Earnest Norton Barnard 87 years of age, murdered in Innisfail, North Queensland.
My father was a very hard worker, and sometimes very stern. When he sat at the table to eat, we often waited to adjust to his various moods. One day as our family ate silently, Dad sneezed whilst eating a plate of Mum's finest spaghetti bolognaise. This poem in based on that story. We watched shocked at the results, but once Dad started laughing and pulling spaghetti out of his nostrils, the whole family lost it hysterically. What a memory.
This poem was winner of the ABC National Radio 'Spirit of Matilda' Award held in conjunction with the 100 years celebrations of 'Waltzing Matilda' by Andrew Barton 'Banjo' Paterson. This prestigious award was presented to Marco by the late great Slim Dusty in Winton in 1995.
The Big Great Dane is based on a true story. Marco used to walk to Central State School in Warwick. A very large dog would rush at the fence barking as the children walked past. One morning the gate was open. Boy did Marco get to school quickly that day.
Marco loves Frogs. He can't believe some people find them gross to touch, or become frantic when a wet slimy Frog is near them. He wondered what a 'cheeky' frog might like to do to freak out unsuspecting Humans.
For my mate Dave, a great dad, amazing shearer, and after this encounter, one of the bravest men I know...
I remember seeing my Dad, an Italian migrant who worked too hard and died too young, in the back yard of our small town avenue house, one night, staring up at the stars and obviously contemplating life. There is no better place to do it than in Australia, nestled in the arms of Mother Nature and tucked under the blanket of the Southern Cross; what a wonderful place to dream. Help preserve it, and take the time to experience her spirit.
The greatest Army mankind has ever created is our legion of volunteers that appear in times of despair. This is Marco's ode to Volunteers.