Emu And The Galah

19 Dec

On the sandy banks of the old waterhole known as Turiana, north of Alice Springs, a wizened old man Emu came to the waters edge to drink at the end of a hot Summers day.

Emu had survived many long years and hot suns in the Central Australian bush.

His tail feathers were slightly grey at the edges and his eyes were clever and deep with knowledge.

As the Emu lowered his head, he saw reflected in the water the image of a colorful young Galah, sitting on the bough of a ghost gum tree.

The smaller bird cocked his head curiously to one side and asked: “Eh, Emu, they say you are very wise, so why don’t you fly like other birds?”

Emu, looking up at the cheeky Galah, replied: “I have lived in this country much longer than you. I have learnt that it is not sensible to fly because the men with spears and boomerangs can easily bring us down and eat us. The sky offers the large bird no protection. On the ground, we emus can become invisible in the scrub..”

Galah considered Emu’s words, then inquired: “But if you don’t fly, that means you must always stay on the earth and the hunters can easily catch you. Isn’t that true?”

The wise old bird patiently shook his head.

“No, it is not at all true,” he answered. “Take a look at my big feet and strong legs. I can out-run the fastest hunter. I can run faster than any other animal in the bush, and I can leap over logs, and swim through rivers and hide myself in the tall grasses that spring up after the rains.”

“But,” the Galah responded, “what if you fell over? Can’t the hunters grab you quickly and make you dead?”

“Maybe,” Emu nodded, “but I make sure I don’t fall over.”

“The hunter’s dingoes might grab you in the water while you are swimming and hang on to you until the men arrive with their boomerangs,” the little Galah said. “So what would you do if that happens?”

“I grab the dogs and drown them,” the Emu stated frankly … “Now, I must leave you to learn your own lessons from your own experiences and not try to learn from mine … Goodbye, flying bird, goodbye.”

“Why are you leaving?” the Galah wanted to know. “Are you going off into the wilderness in search of greater wisdom?”

Emu yawned: “No, I am going off into the wilderness to get away from your silly bloody questions.”


Posted by on December 19, 2010 in Uncategorized


29 responses to “Emu And The Galah

  1. Sue Dreamwalker

    August 14, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Still made me laugh out loud.. 🙂 xx

    • The Emu

      August 15, 2015 at 3:57 am

      Forgotten I had posted that Sue, rather funny but could be considered quite true in some cases.
      Hope your weekend is starting beautifully, Saturday afternoon here, cloudy and overcast.

      • Sue Dreamwalker

        August 15, 2015 at 9:24 am

        Hi Emu.. here today the air cleared, cooler but sunny, I was in the allotments at 8am this morn, ( Sat ) picking dwarf beans. Going back this afternoon to pick flowers.. Everything as yet still wet from the deluge of yesterday.. Its 10-30 am now and just going to make a herbal tea. And catch up a little more here on WP before my Granddaughter visits at lunch time 🙂 Enjoy your Saturday evening and Sunday 🙂

        • The Emu

          August 16, 2015 at 2:51 am

          Hi Sue, Sunday afternoon here, cloudy but warm day, Summer is only a few weeks away as we can see the temperature rising a little each day.
          Even with your wet allotment Sue, I think it would still be an enjoyable place to spend some time in. Lovely to read your Granddaughter is visiting, I get so much enjoyment out of my time with my two, will have to get some more pics to show you, their personality’s are beautiful to watch, more so now as they are talking, even my little granddaughter who is coming on two.
          Kind regards and a beautiful weekend to you Sue.

          • Sue Dreamwalker

            August 16, 2015 at 11:54 am

            I will look out for those updated Grandchildren photo’s Ian.. Yes its a delight to watch how they develop and grow.. They bring many smiles 🙂

          • The Emu

            August 16, 2015 at 11:56 am

            Little buggers don’t like their photo’s being taken anymore, seems Granddad may have over killed a bit in their every day life.
            A few lollies should do the trick.

          • Sue Dreamwalker

            August 16, 2015 at 11:58 am

            Corruption and Bribery ..Sounds just the thing LOL.. They will soon catch on 🙂 haha

          • The Emu

            August 16, 2015 at 12:17 pm

            Maybe Sue, just maybe.

      • auntyuta

        August 15, 2015 at 8:52 pm

        I reckon this conversation is full of wisdom, Ian. Was fun to read it. 🙂
        We are in Melbourne for the weekend. It is cold here, but we are quite comfortable at our son’s place. Tomorrow we go back home on the night-train to Moss Vale. From there we catch the Raillway bus that takes us down Macquarie Pass to Dapto.

        • The Emu

          August 16, 2015 at 2:35 am

          Hi Uta, pleased you enjoyed that story, am surprised you are travelling with the weather cold as it is at the moment, especially down Melbourne way. Hope your train and bus trips were enjoyable, at least they are comfortable and warm to travel in these days.
          Not so cold up here in Mildura today, another few weeks and Summer will be starting to show through the clouds.
          Kind regards.

          • auntyuta

            August 18, 2015 at 7:21 am

            We are back home in Dapto now, dear Ian. We did have some beautiful days in Melbourne despite the cold. It even sometimes warmed up a bit during daytime. When we arrived in Moss Vale this morning, the temperature there was 2 Degrees Celsius! Very cold. The railway bus took us quickly to Dapto. But even here it is still rather cold. Maybe we’re going to have a hot summer?
            Cheerio, Uta

          • The Emu

            August 18, 2015 at 12:27 pm

            Great your home safely Uta, even if a little colder, think we will have the cold for about 3 or 4 weeks and then we will see the weather heating up.
            I envisage a hotter Summer than usual this year Uta, maybe the planet is heating up more in the last few decades.
            Ana and I will be in Melbourne in March to see the Edinburgh Tattoo, will also take her to the famous Victoria gardens and Fitzroy gardens, she has really only seen Adelaide.
            Kind regards to you both.

          • auntyuta

            August 18, 2015 at 9:09 pm

            Thanks, Ian. I think it is going to warm up a bit today. Best wishes to you and Ana.

          • The Emu

            August 19, 2015 at 8:23 am

            Nice and cosy warm sitting out in the sunshine today Uta.
            Temps are slowly rising, kind regards to you both.

          • auntyuta

            August 18, 2015 at 9:29 pm

            Hi Ian, I was wondering whether you have written anything on Vietnam Veterans Day that I can read up on?

          • The Emu

            August 19, 2015 at 8:22 am

            Good evening Uta, no I never wrote anything on Vietnam Veterans day, I didn’t go to our local service as I had to take my son to Ouyen.
            I do usually attend a service each year, but not really comfortable with bringing up the Vietnam issue, as there are still a lot of Viet Vets who a huge dislike for the Government.
            At the moment I am writing the story of my introduction to Vietnam, based on a now and then scenario, I have a friend who is in Vietnam actually retracing the steps in my pictures, he has married the same picture closely, a lot has changed in 45 years.

          • auntyuta

            August 19, 2015 at 11:13 am

            Thanks for telling me about it, Ian. It should be interesting to find out what has changed in 45 years. It is so good to see the changes when you look at the pictures.
            Thanks and cheers, Uta
            PS We had quite a bit of sun today which was very nice! 🙂

          • The Emu

            August 19, 2015 at 12:06 pm

            Hi Uta, well the pictures he has sent me, when compared to mine of 45 years ago tells a very different story, industry and technology has certainly changed Vietnam from my war torn days, still writing it as I want it perfectly actual fact.
            Good you enjoyed a bit of sun, we had a rather warm sunshine day here also.

          • auntyuta

            August 19, 2015 at 12:35 pm


  2. prenin

    August 14, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Pity I can’t ‘like’ this twice!!! 🙂

    God Bless!


    • The Emu

      August 15, 2015 at 3:58 am

      Forgotten I had posted this or even had it in my archives.
      Thanks Prenin and glad you enjoyed it.

  3. wonkywizard

    August 14, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    Interesting exchanges. There are always some smart aleck, best to leave them.

    • The Emu

      August 15, 2015 at 4:15 am

      Greetings my friend, thanks for taking the time to read that story, maybe there is an analogy in that Aboriginal story, that could pertain to quite a few people.
      Kind regards.

  4. The Emu

    August 14, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Reblogged this on Welcome To Aussie Emus World.

  5. Sue Dreamwalker

    December 23, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Hi Emu, just what I wanted on this cold December day…. a Laugh… Loved it.. Will get around to reading your other posts over Christmas Emu, only Im on the Run too…. Have a great one… much love to you and Ana… Dreamwalker x

  6. penpusherpen

    December 20, 2010 at 11:22 am

    😀 …loved it….Good one Emu, you wise bird… xx

  7. prenin

    December 20, 2010 at 8:15 am

    A very wise bird!!! 🙂

    God Bless my friend!!!


  8. Beth Marie

    December 20, 2010 at 1:21 am

    Emu, you are one smart dude. 🙂

  9. ckpeacemaker

    December 20, 2010 at 12:39 am



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