Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Farewell Australia

Farewell to white gum trees graceful and tall
To endless green cane fields stretching o'er all.
Farewell to warm beaches golden with sand
To lush thick rainforests crowning the land.

Farewell to pink sunsets brilliant with hue
To wafting  low clouds banks sailing yon blue.
Farewell to wet torrents drenching the night
To Queensland's bright sunshine, a daily delight.

Farewell to sweet lollies and pavlovas light
To biscuits and cordial and Vegemite.
Farewell to Koalas, Platypuses and Kangaroos
To Crocodiles, Kookaburos and funny Emus.

Farewell to prim school girls all dressed alike
To white-shirted missionaries riding pushbikes.
Farewell to roundabouts, bonnets and boots
To Queenslander houses' historical roots.

Farewell to soft accents, "mem-buhs and mum"
To "sis-tuhs, blokes, al-u- min-i-um"
Farewell to "fair dinkum, chooks and spot on"
To "footpaths and fort nights, lovely Zion"

Farewell to "good on ya, Give it a go,
You right, Luv? Straightaway and right-e-o."
Farewell to "no worries, I haven't a clue,
Hey, digger! Go ragin! Mate! I'll ring you!"

Farewell to the members and new convert's smiles
To love and friendship that span the miles.
Farewell, my Australia, you've been true blue
Farewell, my Australia, my heart stays with you.

Poem by Sister Mavis Steadman

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