General Poetry posted November 10, 2017

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Australia can be hot and arid, but has its own beauty

A Day in the Australian Bush.

by Paul Bownas

A halo round the fading moon,
Sweet mist upon the grass.
The croak of frogs from yon lagoon,
A flight of ducks wing past.
A dingo howls farewell to night,
The crimson sunrise comes.
The dawn is here to start the day,
All hail the rising sun!

That blazing orb now bakes the plains,
Heat shimmers on the ground.
The gum trees droop their leaves in pain,
The paddocks all are brown.
From long grass on the flat below
Rise heads of kangaroo.
Of rain, no sign, of clouds, no show,
Just endless skies of blue.

But now, the evening cool arrives,
The distant hills turn red.
The sun's rays flash like crimson knives
And darkness' blanket spreads.
Cicadas strike their evening chords,
And kookaburras laugh.
On sunset's purple cloak abroad,
The moon sheds silver paths.

Rhyming Poetry Contest contest entry


Having travelled almost all of Australia, I still remember wonderful days and evenings in the outback country, and this poem came to me almost straight off! it is still one of my favourite poems. The photo is one I took in Queensland.
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