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THE GREY LAKE



THE GREY LAKE


(Lake Eyre, South Australia)


Far away to southward
    The grey lake lies,
Thirty leagues of mud, bare
    To turquoise skies.

Shallow, sluggish water,
    Warm—warm as blood;
Not enough to cover
    The quaking mud.

Hot winds drive the water
    In summer time
Southward—and behind them
    There lies grey slime.

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