I am relatively new to town and have recently been enjoying walking with my daughter and grandchildren around Forbes and nearby towns. On some of our meanderings of late, we have been pleasantly surprised to come across the word, ‘Eternity’ written on the back of street signs and on the footpaths. We wondered if it might be a prevue to some coming church event or is it just someone reinventing the work of Arthur Stace of long ago?
I thought to write and ask you to post this question in the hope someone might know. It has certainly given my family and I a smile on more than one occasion and we love the hunting game it has begun. I have put together a few verses so that others might enjoy the hunt while stepping out and about in this fabulous area.
Can you see ‘Eternity’ written on the ground
in the dust or up there in chalk, waiting to be found?
Could it be Arthur’s ghost back to prompt our thought?
Or just some clever, mysterious soul that I hope is NEVER caught?
Either way, we need such hope as happiness we lack,
the Black Dog is not alone, he now travels in a pack!
What we need is a little game to bring us all out in the sun,
a hunt for a word that means so much, hooray on with the fun!
If by chance you find out who is spreading joy with chalk,
keep it to yourself, don’t spoil the game and end it all with talk!
So, as you wonder on your way about this wonderful place,
lift your heart and caste your eye, for the word of Mr. Stace.