douglas scotney

(boomer / Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. Resides in Adelaide)

The Land of Trope


The Northern Territory's
Earnt qualities of trope
Have made me qualify the name
To Northern Terratrope.

South Australia too
Though not so trope-endowed
Is by no means trope-astray-
vis-a-vis Victoria
In a little-bro-big-bro-big-bro-little-bro way.

We've often thought of name change:
My favorite, 'South Sandwich Meat'.
But now the North is called The Trope,
'The Meat' I will delete
And call it Southern Terratrope.

O Ntropy and Stropy,
With names we'll have our day.
Miss N Trope hates folks.
Just call me Strop, OK?

Submitted: Saturday, June 16, 2012
Edited: Saturday, June 16, 2012
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I had my day with a word I'd never used before: trope. You can go troppo in the NT during wet season-a madness. Also it's the Land of the Never-Never (after a book, 'We of the Never-Never' by Aeneas Gunn) , where 'If you never never go, you'll never never know', a catch phrase used by the tourist industry. It's got the big red rock and the big bad croc makes it to page one.

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