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Australia Day Poem

Australia Day Poem

Travellers we all seem to be
Our folks came here across the sea.
Not us, you say? Well, listen here.
All is not as it appears.

Back when History was born,
People from their land were torn
To Australia they did come
and our story was begun

To eat bush tucker, follow rain

Burn, so bush will sprout again,
Respect the life from which comes food,
to build canoes from age-old wood

To pass on tales of way back, when

animals could look like men.
Hear the curlew .It’s mourning, maybe.
Mother soothes a crying baby

Others came, with different hopes.
Came as free , or bound with ropes
To build a life, create a home.
Tend land on which their crops were sown.

To see trees spring up, and mines dig down,
Feel pride in families and towns.
To follow rail lines, string up wires,
And drive new motor-cars with tyres.

To send down roots into the earth
To witness death, and cheer at birth.
They made mistakes, and so they learned
What this country gives us must be earned.

This big country is where we have chosen to live.
Let us treat it with Respect.

Enjoy our Australia Day!

bah Jan 13 08 ©

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Just some thoughts…

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country, australia, poem, history, muse, binjy

Comments

  • adgray
    adgrayover 5 years ago

    What this country gives us must be earned
    Exactly!!!
    People think that life here is easy because it is good WRONG!!!
    Life here is good because it rewards your hard work!
    They say the best things are the ones you strive for most, all good things come to those who wait etc….
    here in Aus you have to work to get what you want
    and when you get it you treasure it cos you may not get it again!
    Simply surviving can teach you just how precious life is!
    This poem is up there with that song “We Are Australian”
    B R A V O !!

  • :) thanks for those comments !

    – binjy

  • drewjthomas
    drewjthomasover 5 years ago

    Like this too. i followed adgray’s comments of mine and saw hers where your comments led me here. loved seeing same stressed points. cheers!
    —drewjthomas

  • Hi- and thanks for taking time to read and comment!! :)))

    – binjy

  • Tainia Finlay
    Tainia Finlayover 5 years ago

    Wonderful heartfelt writing binjy! Happy Asutralia day to you & yours too

  • Thank you, Tai!

    – binjy

  • bearpaw
    bearpawover 5 years ago

    brilliantly written and true…

  • binjy
    binjyover 5 years ago

    My thanks, bearpaw :)

  • Krackatinni
    Krackatinniover 4 years ago
    We should all value what we have acheived and not forget how we got there.

    Great poem and well written

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