Monday, January 10, 2011

This Morning

I am sitting here having my breakfast ,in the background the Telly is on and a tragedy for Australia of epic proportions is unfolding ,I am fortunate enought to be in in NSW which so far is untouched ,in Queensland people are loosing their lives and their homes to Floods ,on the other side of the country in Perth Bushfires are raging and people have lost homes .
I do love my country but it can be very harsh. Below is a poem that I am sure all Aussie's love bcause it really does capture how I feel.
Core of My Heart

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 droughts 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 ringbarked forests
All tragic 'neath the moon
The sapphire-misted mountains
The hot gold rush of noon --
Green tangle of the brushes
Where lithe lianas coil
And orchid-laden tree-ferns
Smother the crimson soil.

Core of my heart, my country --
Her pitiless blue sky,
When sick at heart, around us
We see the cattle die...
And 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,
Young Land of Rainbow Gold --
For flood and fire and famine
She pays us back three-fold...
Over the thirsty paddocks
Watch, after many days
A filmy veil of greenness
That thickens as you gaze...
An opal-hearted country,
A wilful, lavish land --
Ah, you who have not loved her
You cannot understand...
...The world is fair and splendid
But whensoe'er I die
I know to what brown country
My homing thoughts will fly!

Dorothy Mackellar

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