Group listens spellbound
BIRDS chirped above as a light breeze wafted through the trees and the river softly lapped at its banks.
The voice of an elderly woman carried strongly and clearly across the tranquil scene.
Then laughter erupted among those listening, a ripple of joy disturbing the serenity.
Taroom's resident bush poet Patsy Poole was regaling tourists and locals with her varied verse as part of an afternoon river walk at Stony Crossing during the recent Taroom Tourist Week.
The mirth arose from Patsy's humorous recollection of when a dingo took a trip in her car.
“I was taking the children to the school bus and ran over this dingo,” 73-year-old Patsy told Central Telegraph this week.
“When I returned it was still on the road.
“I went to put it in the boot, but it jammed so put it in the back seat.
“It then started to whinge and whine.”
Patsy said she enjoyed writing humorous poems as they entertained people; even if, as she admitted, “I embellished it a bit”.
The Taroom lady also gains her inspiration from the family farm, her family and from the area's history, along with the funny things she sees and hears.
She started composing poems while driving her children to meet the school bus.
“To stop them arguing, I'd say let's make up a poem,” Patsy said.
It was only years later, after she had left the farm that she started jotting down her poems. Patsy would recite them at the Leichhardt Villa Aged Care centre, where one resident suggested she should put them in a book.
She did, releasing the first book in 1992, and now there are five books of her poetry.
She said the time and method it took to write a poem varied.
“Sometimes it hits me, or I see something and make a note.
“I might not write a poem for a few months and then write a few in a rush. I've got to get that feeling,” Patsy said.
The tourists who visited Taroom got that feeling on the quiet banks of the Dawson.