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Walter Murdoch (1874–1970).  The Oxford Book of Australasian Verse.  1918.
172. The old Black Billy an’ Me
By Louis Esson
THE SHEEP are yarded, an’ I sit
  Beside the fire an’ poke at it.
Far from the booze, an’ clash o’ men,
Glad, I’m glad I’m back again
On the station, wi’ me traps        5
An’ fencin’ wire, an’ tanks an’ taps.
Back to salt-bush plains, an’ flocks,
An’ old bark hut be th’ apple-box.
I turn the slipjack, make the tea,
All ’s as still as still can be—        10
An’ the old black billy winks at me.


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