SMEDG-AIG Poet Laureate Ken Maiden’s Poetic Summation


We commenced with anticipation


A hum of excited conversation


Then Kaylene Camuti


In her introductory duty


Spoke of career expectation




Dick and Dave then both set the scene


And they gave a fantastic routine


With a framework tectonic


And isotopes radiogonic


(Well I had to get it to rhyme, didn’t I)


And everything else in between




We continued with systems magmatic


And illustrations diagrammatic


Deposits hosted by breccia


Full of gold, yes, you betcha,


And all of it very dramatic




Grace Cumming whose detailed observations


Have such silver-gold implications


And then Rosie Sloan


Came into her own


With deep IP penetration




There was a session on granites and more


And we heard of deposits galore


For a start Phil Blevin


Was in seventh heaven


At the thought of all that tin ore




To the podium strode Andrew White


And I thought he was looking quite bright


Down there at Mount Adrah


They just say Abracadabra


And Bingo what a delight




As a stand-in, along came Ross Cayley


Rollback he said it so gaily


In Mungana the conditions


Attract bent politicians 


But in Sydney we get that stuff daily




Eoin and Tim with rock alteration


To assist with interpretation


You can look under cover


Where it’s hard to discover


But plenty of great expectation




Maggie Hayes is a bit of a sleuth


She’s uncovered all those gems of truth


When geologists ancient and wise


With excitement still in their eyes


Re-lived all the fun of their youth




Peter Downs kicked off on Day Two


With the support of a wonderful crew


With fantastic oration


About Cobar exploration


And quite a lot of it new




We had persistence and dedication


We had much structural complication


We had 22 percent copper


Now that is a whopper


And what a fantastic location




They spoke of silicification


Of volcanics and fault activation


Though basin inversion


Sounds like a perversion


In discovery, it’s pure revelation




And finally to orogenic gold


And here there was much to behold


To lead the charge


It was up to Ross Large


So we’d see the story unfold




There was Simon and there was Bruce Kay


There was Cael and Anthony Gray


There’s so much euphoria


Down there in Victoria


You can hear them shout “hip-hip-hooray”




And north of the border we find


They’re certainly not left behind


In the Girilambone Basin


And at Tomingley, they’re racin’


There’s so much more to be mined




If your name didn’t get a mention


It’s not for a lack of attention


I could go on for so long


I could break into song


It’s been such a fantastic convention




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Or you’ve got academic constipation


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If your company’s fortune declines


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