Poetry by Sarah, Shadorma

Bailed Up

All bailed up
hiding in the bales,
peeking out.
Bush rangers
carry out their phased attack
unfazed and brazen.

By Sarah ©2018

“Bailed Up” by Tom Roberts, 1895

Author’s Note: (Source: Art Gallery Of NSW, accessed 14 April 2018, ref. https://artsandculture.google.com/asset/bailed-up/sQFVnGJTo1Y6gw?hl=en)

Tom Roberts conceived the idea of a bushranger picture while he was staying at Inverell in northern NSW. He painted ‘Bailed up’ largely en plein air. It tells as much of the qualities of the local landscape as of its staged drama. Roberts superbly captures the summer heat conditions, which render to stillness the dramatic circumstances of a Cobb & Co hold up.

Prompt: Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, Saturday Mix – Double Take, 14 April 2018; Homophone sets – bail (temporary release), bale (bundle of hay) and fazed (stunned), phased (done in sequential parts)