Vonda Stanley's collection of early Australian
land, as far as the eye can see, where the waving grasses grow
the plains are blackened and burnt and bare, where the false mirages go
shifting symbols of hope deferred - land where you never know.
of the plenty or land of want, where the grey Companions dance,
or famine, or hope or fear, and in all things land of chance,
Nature pampers or Nature slays, in her ruthless, red, romance.
we catch a sound of a fairy's song, as the wind goes whipping by,
a scent like incense drifts along from the herbage ripe and dry
Or the dust storms dance on their ballroom floor, where the bones of the cattle
A B Paterson
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