Buna Below Din Din
by David Leigh
Saturday, February 15, 2003
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This is a local legend on the Barron River in Far North Queensland, Australia. There is a large rock where swimmers often vanish without trace. After such an event paw prints are sometimes seen on the river bed leading to the rock. The Ptjapaki People believe that the a dingo lives under the rock and takes swimmers to feed her young. I couldn't resist writing this.
Bunu is their name for the river and Din Din is the name of the Barron Falls which cascades water about two hundred and fifty metres. Forming the Gorge.
Buna below Din Din.
Down by lake Placid, way down the gorge,
There's a rock, maybe four metres high.
It stands in the river, home to a spirit,
Of a dingo that's cunning and sly.
The river's the Barren, Buna they call it.
The local black fella's about.
Down below Din din. the falls as we call them.
There's danger, of that there's no doubt.
The ghost of this dingo will often take swimmers,
To feed it's hungry young.
Only the foolhardy tourist would swim there.
Looking for holiday fun.
His paw prints can sometimes be seen on the bottom.
After a swimmer is lost.
The aboriginal people who live in the district.
Won't go there, for they know the cost.
So just you be warned when your hiking the Barron,
Don't swim in the late winter pools.
If the dingo don't get ya the crocs certainly will.
The river is only for fools.
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|Reviewed by Debbie Edmiaston
|David, this is wonderful! I love a good scary legend and your did an excellent job of writing this one! Great style!
|Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
|Dingo write this is.....scary......|
|Reviewed by Ted Sheridan (Reader)
|Been to that area; the heck with the dingo and crocks they only get what is left after the flies and other insects finish with you.
By the way, wrote one yesterday on fishing you missed.
|Reviewed by john zimmerman
of a grand tale
|Reviewed by Sally Odgers
|Hey David! Banjo Paterson rhythm. I really love this one. And where did you get that perfect illustration?
Sally Odgers. (Fellow Aussie.)