poet Dorothea Mackeller

Dorothea Mackeller

My Country

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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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004
Poem Edited: Monday, September 22, 2008

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  • HOT LOCAL BUMS IN YOUR (9/16/2020 10:00:00 PM)

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    CLICK LINK TO GET HOT BUMS
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  • hot local bums in their area (8/19/2020 6:54:00 PM)

    hot local bums in their area
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  • local (8/19/2020 6:51:00 PM)

    I'm doing my country right now lol

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  • Jo Smith (8/1/2020 4:47:00 AM)

    Love Dorothy Mckellars poem, my country.i l l learnt it at school many years ago.

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  • bad boy halo (5/20/2020 12:45:00 AM)

    muffin fetish
    ^
    i have one of those

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  • bad boy halo (5/20/2020 12:43:00 AM)

    Dorothe mackler is a sneky litle muffin ih ave a mufin fetish mufin head

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  • OOFoof (5/13/2020 7:38:00 AM)

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  • OOFoof (5/13/2020 7:33:00 AM)

    Really good poem like it ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;)

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  • Senneth Klessor (3/14/2020 12:11:00 AM)

    guys dont you think william street by kenneth slessor is like way better than this garbage poem. idk humble opinion from a random citizen lol xd (seriously read my po-I MEAN " kenneth slessor's" william street, its straight fire) .

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  • Barbara Godwin (3/5/2020 8:42:00 PM)

    THIS IS A RESPONSE TO MAH B*ITCH
    Unbelievable! How could you say that wah wah? ! ? ! Mackeller has been one of the most boom boom poem in the wah wah so dont even try fight me on this. K? AIGHT I BEAT BEES IN TRAP. I GO HARD IN THE PAINT, SO DONT E-EEN K DONT E-EEN TRY ya feeeel me? You wanna come over e-ere TRY ME. Meet me at the back da school your feel me? Come at me and ill BLOW pucnh you in the muffin.

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    Barbara Godwin(3/5/2020 8:43:00 PM)

    I dont. give. a. FLUX CAPACITOR. So don't try cummin at me saying that my dorathea the mother FLUCKIN explorer is trash, ya FEEL me. PEACE

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  • Tanaka (3/5/2020 4:10:00 PM)

    running fast and aggressively* GUUYYSSSS! STOP ITTTT! ! double k.o punches them*

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    (Hinara trying to do a overhand serve and misses)
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    Mid-Roll Screen(3/5/2020 8:57:00 PM)

    - - Bump - -
    (Kageyama setting to Hinata and missing the water bottle)
    Bu - Bu - Bee - Boop - - Bling
    (Ad)
    - - Bump - -
    (Hinata trying to do a overhand serve and misses)
    Bu - Bu - Bee - Boop - - Bling

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  • Yachi (3/5/2020 4:06:00 PM)

    g-guys! p-please stop now. um SOMEONE? ANYONE! HELP PLEASE

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  • Hinata (3/4/2020 9:50:00 PM)

    YOU CAN DO IT, I KNOW YOU CAN SO GIVE ME ANOTHER TOSS AND I WILL DO IT!

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  • Kageyama and Hinata (3/4/2020 9:48:00 PM)

    Fights vigorously for a long time* yelling* cursing*

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  • Yachi (3/4/2020 9:47:00 PM)

    sees them fighting aggresively* g-guys why dont we all settle down and be friends r-right? ?

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  • Kageyama (3/3/2020 8:56:00 PM)

    Hinata you stoopid moron why cant you hit the ball dum dum

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    Hinara(3/5/2020 5:23:00 PM)

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    Kageyama(3/4/2020 9:33:00 PM)

    stares at him intensely and angrily* LET ME GO YOU STUPID IDIOT! ! throws him off onto the ground*

    Hinata(3/4/2020 9:25:00 PM)

    I WILL NOT LET YOU GO UNTIL YOU GIVE ME ANOTHER TOSS! !

    Hinata(3/4/2020 9:23:00 PM)

    KAGEYAMAAAAAAAAAAAA! ! ! ! ! jumps and tackles him*

    Kageyama(3/4/2020 9:21:00 PM)

    No, im practicing on my own now, there is no point training with you if you missed it 50 times

    Hinata(3/3/2020 9:01:00 PM)

    PLEASE! Kageyama I know I can hit it just give me another toss!

    Hinara(3/3/2020 8:59:00 PM)

    PLEASE! gimme another toss I can do it

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  • wah, wah wahwah (3/3/2020 8:38:00 PM)

    This poem is such hot garbage its actually horrible how does anyone like it. I just wanna play volleyball

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    Barbara Godwin(3/5/2020 8:38:00 PM)

    Unbelievable! How could you say that wah wah? ! ? ! Mackeller has been one of the most boom boom poem in the wah wah so dont even try fight me on this. K? AIGHT I BEAT BEES IN TRAP. I GO HARD IN THE PAINT, SO DONT E-EEN K DONT E-EEN TRY ya feeeel me? You wanna come over e-ere TRY ME. Meet me at the back da school your feel me? Come at me and ill BLOW pucnh you in the muffin.

    WAAAAAAAHHHHHH(3/5/2020 8:30:00 PM)

    I PHATE YOU POEM HUNTER ILL BWE

    Barbara Godwin(3/5/2020 8:29:00 PM)

    Unbelievable! How could you say that Wah wah? ! ? ! ? Mackeller has been one of the most boom boom of the wah wah in the entire country. Don't make me come over der, yknow I BEAT BEES IN THE TRAP, I GO HARD IN THE PAINT if yaknow what i mean. Im from TRINDAD CUH, so dont E-EN make me come over der. Aight if you wanna, we can meet at the back of da school and ill POW. Right in the muffin. SO AGAIN, dont E-EN try trashtalk ma boi Dora the morther f***in explorer

    wah, wah wahwah(3/3/2020 9:00:00 PM)

    Its so incredibly bad that i could write somehting so much better than this in a few weeks. How has something so garbage and Australian icon. I am honestly shocked that the entire country hasn't just sunk from how much fat s*** this is

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  • yeetfeet (2/24/2020 7:51:00 PM)

    eating asmr noises intensifies

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  • Barbara Godwin (2/14/2020 10:03:00 PM)

    These days with all the hysteria about climate change this poem should be read by all those who blame fires, droughts etc on climate change. Climate change is just what it has always been, changes in climate!

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    wah, wah wahwah(3/3/2020 8:58:00 PM)

    Thank you barbra gowin mroe like good win ahah ha

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  • Poem hunter yeeter (2/13/2020 2:54:00 AM)

    Hi its a loving story so god bless u

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