Dorothea Mackeller

(1885 - 1968)

My Country - Poem by Dorothea Mackeller

The love of field and coppice
Of green and shaded lanes,
Of ordered woods and gardens
Is running in your veins.
Strong love of grey-blue distance,
Brown streams and soft, dim skies
I know, but cannot share it,
My love is otherwise.

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!

The stark white ring-barked forests,
All tragic to the moon,
The sapphire-misted mountains,
The hot gold hush of noon,
Green tangle of the brushes
Where lithe lianas coil,
And orchids deck the tree-tops,
And ferns the warm dark soil.

Core of my heart, my country!
Her pitiless blue sky,
When, sick at heart, around us
We see the cattle die
But then the grey clouds gather,
And we can bless again
The drumming of an army,
The steady soaking rain.

Core of my heart, my country!
Land of the rainbow gold,
For flood and fire and famine
She pays us back threefold.
Over the thirsty paddocks,
Watch, after many days,
The filmy veil of greenness
That thickens as we gaze ...

An opal-hearted country,
A wilful, lavish land
All you who have not loved her,
You will not understand
though Earth holds many splendours,
Wherever I may die,
I know to what brown country
My homing thoughts will fly.

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  • (10/7/2019 6:25:00 PM)

    hey my name is carl with 2 l's (Report)Reply

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  • (8/22/2019 8:18:00 PM)

    i like the poem, it reminds of my homeland. (Report)Reply

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  • (7/30/2019 7:27:00 PM)

    we r so thrilled
    our bff alara aint here today noo we r just going to yeet a ball up the roof and wait
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  • (7/28/2019 10:54:00 PM)

    my life fam this poem stinky ew ew (Report)Reply

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  • (7/28/2019 7:03:00 PM)

    Nuggets and chipsyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy (Report)Reply

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  • (7/26/2019 8:50:00 PM)

    I really like the poem (Report)Reply

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  • (7/23/2019 2:49:00 AM)

    This poem is soooooooooooooo good! ! ! ! ! ! ! : D :) (Report)Reply

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  • (6/28/2019 4:34:00 AM)

    This is so lovable! God bless you! (Report)Reply

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  • (6/27/2019 9:00:00 PM)

    im a chicken nuggettttttttg (Report)Reply

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  • (6/18/2019 8:48:00 PM)

    i love apples traveling into my (Report)Reply

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  • (5/27/2019 9:36:00 PM)

    BANANAANANAANANANANANANANANANANANANAN (Report)Reply

    (7/23/2019 2:50:00 AM)

    ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

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  • (5/13/2019 8:58:00 PM)

    dis made mi Chak me gatz (Report)Reply

    (5/19/2019 11:52:00 PM)

    andrew has been exposed buddies

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  • (4/29/2019 6:52:00 PM)

    you guys are boring: 3 (Report)Reply

    (9/2/2019 7:53:00 PM)

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  • (3/22/2019 10:15:00 PM)

    nice poem everybody needs to be taught about this poem it is pretty much the most australian thing there is i love ot song much (Report)Reply

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  • (2/25/2019 4:42:00 AM)

    first heard this poem in 1952, aged 12, when I was ship name and number Tarsus 28 in the ABC radio Argonauts Club. Loved it then and still do and still fondly remember the Argonauts - the best childrens' program ever on radio (Report)Reply

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  • (2/24/2019 5:23:00 PM)

    magnificent...... true blue Aussie sentiments.... check out '' Rio Grande's last Race'' another iconic piece, Banjo Patterson (Report)Reply

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  • (2/24/2019 5:19:00 PM)

    every aussie school kid should be taught about this.... and other aussie icon poems, such as ''Rio Grande's Last Race''.... an epic! ! ! ! (Report)Reply

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  • (2/14/2019 3:54:00 AM)

    One of my favourite poems! escibes Australia so well. (Report)Reply

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  • (2/8/2019 4:20:00 PM)

    For those who know England and Australia, this is an iconic Australian p0em (Report)Reply

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  • (2/8/2019 5:18:00 AM)

    We all should read this magnificent poem which embraces all that our farmers and graziers are facing out West of Queensland and Townsville. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004

Poem Edited: Monday, September 22, 2008


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