_Rainbow-Serpent..by Frank McLeod

I Saw the Rainbow Serpent Dancing


Looking backwards as the barge

departed Dunwich jetty,

I saw the Rainbow Serpent had awoken

and arched his ancient, banded back

low over Minjerribah’s khaki hills.


Awakened by a passing shower,

shimmering in his glistening scales,

Kabul the Sacred Serpent hitched a ride

and followed us all the way

across the waters of Quandamooka Bay.

Keeping pace with the vessel

as if in play

as the dolphins sometimes do.


For twenty minutes or more

we watched entranced

as the Sacred Serpent danced

and then, as the barge approached

and put in to the mainlands shore,

Kabul reversed

and swiftly retreated

to Minjerribah once more,

hovered in the sea-mist a moment,

then shivered and faded into the sky.


Talk not to me of tricks-of-the-light,


or optical illusions!

It was a magic moment

when old Kabul bid me Farewell,

and I saw the Rainbow Serpent

dancing over Quandamooka’s waters.


kabul by oodgeroo noonuccal


fok tales


reverend profile red

The Reverend Hellfire is a blue collar worker, a practising Performance Poet, President of the Kurilpa Institute of Creativity

and an ordained Minister of the Church of the Universe and the Church of Spiritual Humanism.

Has his good points.



~ by reverendhellfire on January 17, 2016.


  1. Where I come from a rainbow was a flock of birds guiding a newly released soul to a better place. It became a symbol of sorts until the Czech communists done away with it. ( one of many things). I don’t have any sense of belonging to anywhere. But in some way I do feel Australian.

  2. Hey reverend thanks for revealing the beauty that you see. Wonderful

    Sent from my iPad


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