David SmithWhite

(270552 / Australia)

Do I Still Call Australia, H...?


To ' I Still Call Australia, Home' by Peter Allen

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I've travelled the skyways for thousands of miles,
to see in the distance this bright jewelled isle.
I turn my head now, where once I would smile...
Can I still call Australia, home?

The land is despoiled with the rising in salt.
The censors return to mistrust the adult.
Children in cages, some call it assault...
Can I still call Australia, home?

Do we stand, proud, emboldened,
to flag might unfurled?
Aloof from our neighbours and friends.
What's a nation's glue or solder,
but an embrace to enfold the
values we will hold 'til the end.

I've travelled by Qantas many thousands of miles,
but no-one will want us while we're in denial.
The stolen generation not yet reconciled...
Can I still call Australia, home?

I loved Peter Allen. Took pride in his song.
He wrote of his homeland where all would belong.
A loyal Australian speaks out when it's wrong...
And still calls Australia,
still calls Australia,
And still calls Australia, home.

Submitted: Wednesday, September 21, 2005

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  • Frank Cannon (4/12/2008 6:39:00 AM)

    Home is where the hearth is... this feels like I'm gathered round the campfire with friends. (Report) Reply

  • Joseph Daly (11/24/2005 5:42:00 PM)

    This is great. I think the sort of ambiguity of the line 'calling Australia home' having travelled with Quatas, thousands of mile is a great pun. Though I don't know if you meant it that way.

    regards (Report) Reply

  • Liz Munro (11/4/2005 4:26:00 AM)

    Brillent.
    You sometimes wonder with what goes on in Oz nowadays.
    I'm aussie too
    Liz (Report) Reply

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