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Standing like stone

At Hargreaves Lookout there is stone picnic shelter, a more handsome structure than the cement Flintstone shelters found in so many of the old picnic areas and parks in the Blue Mountains.

Photo: Stone picnic shelter, Hargreaves Lookout

Words to walk with:
Thinking of stone reminded me of the last four lines of this poem which were a favourite in schoolgirl autograph books. I did not know until this week that they were words penned by early Australian poet and horseman Adam Lindsay Gordon. From Ye Wearie Wayfarer by Adam Lindsay Gordon
“Question not, but live and labour
Till yon goal be won,
Helping every feeble neighbour,
Seeking help from none;
Life is mostly froth and bubble,
Two things stand like stone,
Kindness in another’s trouble,
Courage in your own.”