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"The Tech Rep" By James Michener; Continued:

"But the two poems that Holt had grown to
love best were two that I had not known
before I heard him recite them. The first was
a rollicking ballad he had picked up from
some Australians who had worked with him at
one of his stations, THE MAN FROM SNOWY
RIVER. It dealt with a wild chase downhill
during a stampede of horses, and it was a
mans poem, filled with many images and robust
rhymes. When Holt recited its larruping lines
he threw his head back, and you could see him
upon a horse, galloping down the side of some
sunset mountain, disregarding the rocks and
crevices. He always made you feel that the
poem was better than it was, and I wondered
why I had not heard of it. He told me it was
a great favorite throughout Australia, and he
made a deep impression on tough Aussies in
various parts of Asia by standing in the
shadows of some bar and slowly beginning the
lines which made their pulses quicken:

HE SENT HIS FLINT-STONES FLYING BUT THE PONEY
KEPT HIS FEET
HE CLEARED THE FALLEN TIMBER IN HIS STRIDE
AND THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER SHIFTED TO HIS
FEET-
IT WAS GRAND TO SEE THAT MOUNTAIN HORSEMAN
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