Treasure Island

Dorothea Mackellar

(1 July 1885 – 14 January 1968 / Sydney)

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Burning Off

They're burning off at the Rampadells,
The tawny flames uprise,
With greedy licking around the trees;
The fierce breath sears our eyes.

From cores already grown furnace-hot -
The logs are well alight!
We fling more wood where the flameless heart
Is throbbing red and white.

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