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THRENODY FOR THE TOPO.

THRENODY FOR THE TOPO

Geoscience Australia to stop printing and selling topographic maps from December --ABC news headline, 3 October 2019

   I'll miss the topographic map,
   Its paper form all but extinct.

   I'll miss those labs on dreamy days
   When fellow students shared a map,
   Whose minds would meet in thoughts succinct.

   Though Google Earth has much to give,
   We dinosaurs might rather live
   Like those geographers of yore,
   Whose fingers traced the winding way
   Of streams and coasts and contours bold,
   On paper maps (no longer sold),
   From town to town, from shore to shore,
   From Kathmandu to Singapore,
   To there and back, mile after mile,
   To haunt, inspire, and to beguile.

   Like portals to a foreign place,
   Ripe clues to understanding space,
   You mates of mine, old cheery chaps,
   Though left to crumble into scraps,
   My gratitude to topo maps.

Bruce Ryan is Emeritus Professor of Geography, University of Cincinnati, USA. Now retired he lives in Kiama, NSW. Contact: cincinnati5@bigpond.com

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Title Annotation:POET'S CORNER
Author:Ryan, Bruce
Publication:The Globe
Article Type:Poem
Geographic Code:8AUST
Date:Nov 1, 2019
Words:164
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