Thursday, January 21, 2010

Australia Day

  As Australia Day marches around again, next Tuesday 26th January, this iconic poem stands out in everyone's mind as to the beauty of the country that is Australia !

My Country
By Dorothea Mackellar
 (1885-1968, written in 1904)
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!

A stark white ring-barked forest
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.

Australia Day belongs to Us All
It is a tribute to everything that is Australian and what
is great about being Australian.

We also respect the original land owners
of this great land - the Indigenous Aboriginal people and Torres
Strait Islanders.

We take pride and honour in sharing in their culture,
 which enriches our nationhood and look forward
to improving Australia into the future


Ngadhu gawambanna ngindhugir Wiradjuri garai
     (I welcome you all to Wiradjuri land)
Wallerawang is situated in Wiradjuri country which is the largest
in NSW, Australia


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