Tanami Pre-game


They’ve gathered in the scanty shade
to watch the big men fly.
The field looks like a wildlife park:
goannas amble by.


But when the players take the field
the crowd arise and cheer,
and in the blinking of an eye
goannas disappear.



from Strange Game in a Strange Land




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About Damian Balassone

Damian Balassone is a failed half-forward flanker who writes poetry. He is the author of 'Strange Game in a Strange Land'.


  1. Karl Dubravs says

    I wished I was there to enjoy the pre-game entertainment. Captivating poem DB.

  2. Barry Nicholls says

    Reminds me a lot of my time in Central Australia covering footy. Lovely work Damian.

  3. DBalassone says

    Cheers Karl & Barry. Thanks for reading.

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