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The Waiting Game, Anna Pope

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Published on Sep 27, 2009

The Waiting Game
by Anna Pope
performed by Lumina Vocal Ensemble, 2009
Music about the Australian drought, set the wrong side of Goyder's line. From Lumina's 2009 Adelaide Fringe Festival performance 'Australian Soundscapes'. Recorded by James Cowling in St Aloysius' Church Sevenhill, South Australia. Photos from Adelaide Botanic Gardens and some Australian drought landscapes. Performed by Rachel Sag, Raphaela Mazzone, Sarah Bleby, Saam Thorne, Rosemary Byron-Scott, Anna Pope, Fiona O'Connor and Tim Muecke. Available on Lumina's 2009 CD 'Australian Soundscapes. lumina.org.au

Original text:
The waiting game by Anna Pope, 2008

The smear across my window
Is the rain which comes too late,
The crops which shouldn't be there,
Dry and withered as the face --
Existing through the summers,
Squinting through the haze,
As tired as disappointment
And hope, the waiting game.
Horizons, the smear,
and all who shouldn't be here,
Horizons the dust, the cracks and the faces,
The waiting, the waiting, the waiting.

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