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

 

 

 

If you want new target generation

 

Or you’ve got academic constipation

 

There’s a deposit style

 

That will give you a smile

 

And provide that much-needed inspiration

 

 

 

 

 

If your career has hit the rails

 

Or your business model fails

 

Revive your expectations

 

From these great presentations

 

In Orange, New South Wales

 

 

 

If your company’s fortune declines

 

If your chief geologist resigns

 

If you want to know more

 

About how to find ore

 

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