AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes

AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes
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 / ~ Dorothea Mackellar (1885-1968)


Wednesday, January 26, 2011


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A young happy face enjoying a ride at the celebration of Australia Day near Dromana pier on Port Phillip Bay, Mornington Peninsula.
This day seems to mark the close of school summer holidays for me.
I return to school tomorrow while our students return to school next Tuesday.
Sensational Haiku Wednesday prompt ~ Transition

Last festivities
Australia Day turning point
Changing of the guard

Return to school life
Like crossing territories
Lifestyle transition

Holiday spirit
Like a sad longing murmur
Birth of memories

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Nanka said...

Gemma !! you couldn't be more timely. We are celebrating our 62nd Republic Day today in India and all that you say in the Haiku's holds true.

Madeleine said...

Great haiku. I thought about the school theme but wasn't sure how to put it into words. You did it so well :O)

Margo Benson said...

Lovely haiku and gorgeaous images, I love 'Like a sad longing murmer' - beautiful.

Anonymous said...

beautiful story of transition with marvelous pix to go with it.

loved the haiku and the pix.


Ria said...

So weird sitting in the snow thinking of summer holidays!

Jenn @ Youknow...that Blog? said...

Good to see you!

I like your use of theme this week. Lots of feelings about making that transition back to school ;)

Amanda Moore said...

Your celebration sounds wonderfully interesting, it made for a great Haiku!

Rosidah Abidin said...

Lovely image and words! Birth of memories, indeed. Have a wonderful week, Gemma :)



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