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)


Friday, September 9, 2011


An old window at the heritage homestead of Coolart, Balnarring overlooking the refreshed rolling earths and wetlands outside.

Thursday Think Tank #65 ~ Windows

Beyond earthly golds
Beyond the poverty of loss

Beyond the sylph of politics
Beyond the wound of stigma

Beyond the fountains of civilised knowledge


N.B. There is an intended ambivalence - a platform for challenge - in the last stanza.

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Heaven said...

Interesting last lines specially on the "wise" :


It is tempting to open it for sure ~

Laurie Kolp said...

Reminds me of a nesting doll... and the final message is powerful.

Raining Iguanas said...

Your thoughts have me thinking, "Think Tank" worked; I think?

Mike Patrick said...

I believe Pandora's window comes with a box seat. There is not much left in it but hope.

Gemma Wiseman said...


Leckeres für Mensch und Katze - Goodies for a pleasant life said...

What a lovely window view :)

Kerry O'Connor said...

This is just a beautiful combination of word and picture.

Neni said...

Cool! I love this poem... :)
Powerful words and nice picture...



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