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by Janine Haig and Jennifer Haig
"Bush verse" is becoming more and more popular - it is good fun and very Australian.   Most books of bush verse seem to be written by men.  Here is a woman's view of the bush and its people.

Janine is an award winning poet and has two books of Bush Poetry: I Hope Yer Sheep Get Flyblown and Always Wear Clean Knickers.   
There is a third book "Bush Spirit" by Janine and her daughter Jennifer, featuring the winner of the Bronze Swagman Award 2003 "Not Gone" by Janine.
  Below are 2 "pomes" from each book for your enjoyment.  just click on the links. 
Getting to Yowah
and Bob's Miracle House are two more of Janine's pomes which are not in the books
  Personally Autographed copies of these books are available for purchase

Also below are some Verses for the Young


I Hope Yer Sheep Get Flyblown
All Them Gates
The Lucky Dip
Job Application
The Good Cause
Galah Attacks Cocky
Darling's Story
Party Pome
The Neighborhood
The Ins And Outs Of Cricket
When Douglas Went To Town
Arthur Itis
Song Of The Sheep
Jimmy The Rouseabout
Ring Me
Show Pony
Boar Tale
No Worries Mate
I'm Easy To Please
The Gentleman
Self Defence
To The Frogs
The Wanking Man
Rugby League
Just Another Lullaby
Of Course I love You
The Sparrow, Gate and Missus
Deciding What To Cook For Tea
The Good Old Days
The Eulo Queen
All Hope Gone
Polocrosse Acceptance Speech
Bog' Em All
Ballad Of Mark and Carol
Super Man
Problem Solved
A Worry Rhyme

Heart-Break Corner
The Black Hole
Always Wear Clean Knickers
The Weather Bloke
Public Speaking
Turning Forty

Man's Best Friend
The Emu
Discarded Woman
Gremlin In The Hard-drive
One Sunday Night In Eulo
Black Spider
Jason And The Excavator
All God's Creatures, Kate
You're My Sister, But
It's Sport
Nevermind Nevermore
Don't You Love Me Any More?
Are We Having Fun Yet?
Nancy On The Internet
Polocrosse Title
So Glad You Asked
Keeping Off Committees
Frog In The S-Bend
When In Drought
A Little Rhyme
The Average Australian
"I Don't Care"
Dear Mum And Dad
Old Mate And His Horse
You're The Teacher
The Truth About (some) Men
The Challenger
Writing Rhymes
The Dunny Dunnie Done
Television Eats Kids
Speaking In Bush
What Game
Lambs Grow Up
Writing A Novel
The Bladder Song

Bush Spirit - Book 3

The Goating Bug by Jennifer
Bush Spirit by Jennifer
Good Henry by Janine
Driving Lessons by Janine
Diamonds in the Dust by Jennifer
What is a Farmer? by Janine
The Woes of Poetic Daughterhood by Jennifer
To My Darling Daughter by Janine
The Ghost of Summer Hill by Jennifer
The Miracle House by Janine
The Average Australian by Janine
The Lighter Side of Life by Janine
Back to Camp by Jennifer
Communication by Janine
The Lovers by Jennifer
Queensland's Great by Jennifer
Map of Life by Janine

Not Gone by Janine
Haunted Dreams by Jennifer
Gone North by Jennifer
Hoping Me Freckles Would Fade by Janine
Bogged Down by Jennifer
Homeland by Jennifer
Dear Becky by Janine
Where The Hell is Eulo by Janine
Eulo by Janine
Teepees "Mid The Trees by Janine
It's A Dog's Life by Janine
Respect Or Forget by Jennifer
My Father's Hat by Janine
Hollow House by Janine
The Darling by Jennifer
The Polocrosse Masters by Janine
Yarding the Sheep by Jennifer
Modern Women Of The West by Janine
The Face Of The Dancing People by Jennifer

Verses for the Young






Personally Autographed copies of   "I hope yer sheep get fly blown" "Always wear clean knickers" and "Bush Spirit" are available, please click here to purchase. 

Janine Haig lives on a sheep property between Eulo and Yowah in Far South West Queensland and uses writing as 'therepy'.  Her husband, Doug, features quite frequently in her verses.  Luckily he has a sense of humor.  Surprisingly the people of Eulo, Janine's nearest town, about 80 kilometres from Yowah, are still talking to her as well.

Still struggling to keep stock alive after three years of drought and no rain in sight, Bush Spirit is a fitting title for this new book by mother and daughter.
For the first time these two Award winning Bush Poets have compiled their poetry.  It is a mixture of humourous and serious work.

Janine has twice won the title - Ladies Australian Bush Poetry Champion and Qantas Waltzing Matilda Bush Poetry Champion in Winton. In 2003 she added the prestigious Bronze Swagman Award for Written Verse to her list of achievements, with the poem "Not Gone"

At 21, Jennifer has worked her way up through the ranks of Bush Poetry competitions. Twice Australian Junior Champion, runner-up in the Qantas Waltzing Matilda Championships.  In 1999 Jennifer won the Ladies Written Section of the Australian Bush Poetry Championships.

Many of the "pomes" are taken from real events with a tiny amount of exaggeration added for interest.  Some of the people mentioned might even be familiar.

Warning:  Don't try to analyse any of the "pomes", it could leave you hopelessly confused.

All rights reserved. No part of these poems or illustrations may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means: electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of the publisher.