Obligatory Australia Day Post

No, I will not get into the debate over racism, over “invasion day”, or WHY THE F**K people still listen to Ray Martin and his pathetic and attention-seeking diatribes about a new Australian Flag.

Instead, I shall simply post Dorothea MacKeller’s 1908 poem, My Country.

The love of field and coppice
Of green and shaded lanes,
Of ordered woods and gardens
Is running in your veins.
Strong love of grey-blue distance,
Brown streams and soft, dim skies
I know, but cannot share it,
My love is otherwise.
I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of drought and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror
The wide brown land for me!
The stark white ring-barked forests,
All tragic to the moon,
The sapphire-misted mountains,
The hot gold hush of noon,
Green tangle of the brushes
Where lithe lianas coil,
And orchids deck the tree-tops,
And ferns the warm dark soil.
Core of my heart, my country!
Her pitiless blue sky,
When, sick at heart, around us
We see the cattle die
But then the grey clouds gather,
And we can bless again
The drumming of an army,
The steady soaking rain.
Core of my heart, my country!
Land of the rainbow gold,
For flood and fire and famine
She pays us back threefold.
Over the thirsty paddocks,
Watch, after many days,
The filmy veil of greenness
That thickens as we gaze…
An opal-hearted country,
A wilful, lavish land
All you who have not loved her,
You will not understand
though Earth holds many splendours,
Wherever I may die,
I know to what brown country
My homing thoughts will fly.

3 Responses to “Obligatory Australia Day Post”

  1. Cigunastral Says:

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  2. Esgaroth Says:

    I LOVE THIS POEM! (and Im not much into poetry! Thank you from a Texan for sharing. God bless Australia!

  3. Esgaroth Says:

    My favorite line by the way :

    The stark white ring-barked forests,
    All tragic to the moon,

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