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Archer River

When dreams take you somewhere
it's never as good when you get there.

It was just sand and a sluggish red
current with crocs on the bend,

but I had to wade into the water
of the Archer River in Australia,

in Far North Queensland, far
from a schoolboy's inky finger

on an atlas, as far as the future
was then - now I keep my promise.

It's never as good once you get there,
but you don't have to go twice.

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