My Country  

ken20101963 54M
51 posts
4/23/2006 4:38 am

Last Read:
4/24/2006 5:03 am

My Country

Hi again,I hope you all like this poem.
It is about the love for Ausralia.

Dorothea MacKellar

The love 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 konw, but cannot share it,
My love is otherwise.

I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and floodng 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 se the cattle die-
But then the grey clouds gather,
And we can bless again
The drumming of an army,
The sready soaking rain.

Core of my heart, my country!
Land of the rainbow old,
For flood and fire and famine
She pays us back threefold.
Over the tirsty 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.

I hope you liked it.



4/23/2006 9:30 am

So much of the world I have never seen but pictures and all of it so beautiful. Your writing makes me long to walk upon Australia. {=}

just a squirrel trying to get a nut

ken20101963 54M
48 posts
4/24/2006 3:51 am

Your right, Australia is lovley. I have not seen it all yet. But would love too. I feel myself luckly to live here.

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