Whilst on holiday in Australia’s incredible outback, driving towards the amazing Ayers Rock, now called Uluru, in an old HR Holden station wagon we nicknamed ‘Mr.Roo’ was an amazing experience for my old school friend, Chris Reeves and I back in the early 1980’s. So inspired by Ayers Rock, Uluru, that when I returned to Alice Springs two days later I wrote my poem about this spiritual and very special place. I have recited this poem about Ayers Rock many times over the years to individuals, Northern Territory radio stations as well as to large 5000 people + audiences.
On the road, Chris & I and ‘Mr.Roo’ on that road again. Along tarmac & track until we reached Ayers Rock – Australia’s central landmark. Arising aperture, the wilderness spoke, ‘Sun, sand & stone, Aborigini owned, come hither let no man dream.’ Crumpled sketch now fell, for there stood horizons upturned edge, flickering and changing colour as the sun’s golden rays cast shadows upon it’s cratered surface. Meteorised images now came and went, magnifying both it’s might and strength. A sightseeres pleasure, a pilgrims Mecca, a brilliance beyond extreme, untroubled perfection in a land like this. A monsterous exposure, a peculiar interruption upon Australian soil, dwelling place for the Aborigini race, a sacred slab of rock and stone – worshipped like the sun. And again, as those boys drove on, the ancient voice of the outback spoke – ‘Welcome.’
Anyway, travelling 24,000 miles around Australia with my old school friend, Chris Reeves, was an incredible experience and writing the poem – ‘Ancient vision – on the road again’ was just one of the many crazy things that happened on that trip of a lifetime…
….and please note I have a whole section of photos and text of our trip in the ‘My Australia’ section of this website