2015 version of Clancy Of The Overflow

We were sent in this hilarious update of the famous Banjo Paterson poem and just had to share it with you!

[email protected]

I had written him a text

Which I’d sent, hoping the next

Time he came in mobile coverage

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He’d have time to say hello.

But I’d heard he’d lost his iPhone,

So I emailed him from my smart phone,

Just addressed, on spec, as follows: [email protected]

And the answer redirected 

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Wasn’t quite what I’d expected

And it wasn’t from the shearing mate

Who’d answered once before.

His ISP provider wrote it

And verbatim I will quote it:

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‘This account has been suspended:

You won’t hear from him any more.’

In my wild erratic fancy

Visions come to me of Clancy:

Out of reach of mobile coverage

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Where the Western rivers flow.

Instead of tapping on the small screen,

He’d be camping by the tall green

River gums, a pleasure

That the town folk never know.

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Well, the bush has friends to meet him

But the rest of us can’t greet him:

Out there, even Telstra’s network

Doesn’t give you any bars.

He can’t blog the vision splendid

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Of the sunlit plains extended

Or tweet the wondrous glory

Of the everlasting stars.

I am sitting at the keyboard,

I’m too stressed out to be bored

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As I answer all the emails

By the deadlines they contain.

While my screen fills with promotions

For ‘Viagra’ and strange potions

And announcements of the million-dollar

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Prizes I can claim.

But the looming deadlines haunt me

And their harassing senders taunt me

That they need response this evening

For tomorrow is too late!

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But their texts, too quickly ended,

Often can’t be comprehended

For their writers have no time to think

They have no time to wait.

And I sometimes rather fancy

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That I’d like to trade with Clancy:

Just set up an email bouncer

Saying ‘Sorry, had to go.’

While he faced an inbox jamming

Up with deadlines and with spamming

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As he signed off every message:

[email protected]

                      -with apologies to A.B. (“Banjo”) Paterson