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The Great Snake by Mary Gilmore


Into a hole into the ground he went,

Into a hole and the darkness before him;

Into the hole he went, and the dark

About him; into the hole he went

And the dark behind him.

No light of moon or sun

Was with him there;

Then with a rock earth closed him in.

Forever he sleeps, save that

Sometimes in dreams he turns.

Then the mountains are shaken.

Source: The ABC Book of Australian Poetry: a treasury for young people compiled by Libby Hathorn (ABC Books 2010)