Our Sunburnt country

One of the best ways to describe our sunburnt country, is My Country Poem by Dorothea Mackeller.

It talks about the love of our country running through our veins, a land of sweeping plains, ragged mountains ranges and of droughts and flooding plains.  Australia is one of contrast as we well know with the terrible drought at the present time.  We are the lucky country, but by the same token, this country of ours can push the strongest Australian to his or her limits.  On the positive side, take a moment to read the poem from Dorothea Mackeller and restore your faith in this beautiful country.

My Country Poem

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 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.

by Dorothea Mackeller

To the amazing farmers of our sunburnt country out there doing it so tough at the moment – we are forever grateful for the hard work and sacrifices you continually make to feed the people of this our magnificent country.  Of course, we hope that the rains will come sooner rather than later.  We salute you!

Please donate to NSW Farmers and Citrus Sky would like to offer all farmers wives once they are over this drought stricken time, 25% off any item in the Citrus Sky store – kaftans, plus size kaftans and dresses.  Please email judy@citrussky.com.au for the code to redeem this 25% off.

https://webaroo.com.au/ – to acknowledge the beautiful photo in this blog.