Garchooka, the Cockatoo [poem by Rex Ingamells, July 1937]

[Editor: This poem by Rex Ingamells was published in Venture: An Australian Literary Quarterly (Adelaide), July 1937.]

Garchooka, the Cockatoo.

While now the waters, wind-stirred and red-glowing,
Shadowed by the evening gloom of gums,
Bend in their banks the way the day is going,
While a dusk-gold haze of insects comes
Over the ripples in their coloured flowing,
Garchooka beating from high branches screeches
Discord up and down the river-reaches.

Rex Ingamells.

Venture: An Australian Literary Quarterly (Adelaide), July 1937 (vol. 1, no. 1), p. 16

Also published in:
Rex Ingamells (editor), Jindyworobak Anthology, 1938, Adelaide: F. W. Preece, [1938], p. 29

Editor’s notes:
The version published in the Jindyworobak Anthology, 1938 differed slightly from that of 1937, with the first line beginning with “Though” instead of “While now”:
“Though the waters, wind-stirred and red-glowing”

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