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The North Wind in Australia (a poem)

Updated on January 28, 2013
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Bronwen loves to enjoy literature and write poetry; some are in her book, 'Dithyrambles', available in her online bookstore.

Wallaby
Wallaby | Source

With apologies to John Masefield's 'The West Wind'


It's a hot wind, the north wind, full of blowflies,

I never hear the north wind but dust gets in my eyes.

For it comes from the inland, the old dry hills,

And fire's in the north wind, and other ills.


It's a wide land, the inland, for years so dry and bare,

Camels wild and donkeys, too, upset the ecology there,

'Til emu and kangaroo can find no place to rest;

Spinifex grows and not much else, no place for a bird to nest.


The parched, red earth
The parched, red earth | Source

Will it not rain today, brother? Next year is far away.

When it was spring the clouds came, we prayed it would rain that day,

But bright burns the sun, brother, and dries up the earth again,

The clouds blew away, brother, and now there's no sign of rain.


The red earth lies bare, brother, parched in the relentless sun,

Eternal blue sky and bleached white bones, and no rivers run.

It'd be balm to a man's soul, brother, relief to a man's brain

To hear the wild winds blow and see clouds gather again.


The water slowly creeps
The water slowly creeps | Source

Storms gather in the north, brother, perhaps they will bring the rains,

Or floods will build in the gulf lands and water will creep to the plains.

The sky grows dark, brother, the red clouds are filled with dust;

Close everything quick, brother, northern topsoil's in that gust.


Now the rains have come and across the land muddy waters silently spread,

The road runs straight to the north, brother, but in floods we cannot tread

'Til the land is filled with lush grass and we hear the birds' sweet song;

The world has come alive, brother, this land where we belong.


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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Barbsbitsnpieces: I glad you enjoyed it and I hope your son gets here one day - and that he has a great time. Thank you for your comments.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      BeyondMax: What a great idea! Thank you for your lovely, affirming comment.

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      Barbara Anne Helberg 5 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

      @BlossomSB...This Hub is a stunning and brilliant ballad for Australia, a unique country.

      I can't travel, but my son always has been fascinated by Australia, and I hope he gets there one day.

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      BeyondMax 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      For me it was like a ballad, so melodic and I was humming along =) I 'lived' through every line, so captivating and overwhelming feeling of the nature you can't control, simply amazing!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      dmop: It's a pleasure to share, but do come and visit Australia one day. Thank you for your comments and follow.

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      dmop 5 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      Wonderful poem, I can feel the yearning for rain as it is needed to cleanse and replenish the land. Never been to Australia, but would love to see it some day for myself. Until then I can enjoy it through the eyes and experience of others. Thank you for sharing.

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      Caroline Marie 5 years ago

      This is beautiful Blossom. I love Australia. Always wanted to visit. Great photos too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Rosemay50: Thank you for sharing and for your encouraging comment.

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Awesome poem Blossom. The imagery you create with words is outstanding.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      aviannovice: Thank you. It's a very different view of Australia from the coastal areas, such as the one you read about in my hub, A Weekend in Galilee. A land of contrasts.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Voted awesome, beautiful and interesting. You did this so well, with beautiful choice words to create a picture in my mind's eye. Wonderful!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Bless you, Eddy, and thank you. I thought of you last Sunday when I was watching Hymns of Praise on the TV; it was the heats for the school competitions and there was the dearest little Welsh primary school - they sang so beautifully in Welsh.

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      A brilliant hub Blossom;thanks for sharing.;take care and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Drtruthman: I've been to several States in the US, but not Texas. I think it sounds as if it might be similar to the parts of Australia I described here. I love the wide open spaces, too, although now I'm older I live in suburbia. Escape when I can!

      Thank you for your comments.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      voice of one: Thank you. You should visit Australia, if you can. I think you would enjoy it.

      Thank you for your vote.

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      Drtruthman 5 years ago from Harlingen, Texas

      Aww Blossom, this poem is everything Aussie and I love it.

      It sounds allot like Texas, only here it's the "West winds" and oh my can it too be harsh and dry. Just love it.

      I voted UP all across. Great job. Lee

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      voice of one 5 years ago from Illinois

      Very good, loved the poem. Would like to visit Australia someday. Voted up on this one.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Vellur: I'm glad you enjoyed reading my poem. Thank you for visiting and the vote.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      kittyjj: That is so true! Thank you for your vote.

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Australia is a wonderful place, your hub was descriptive and I could imagine everything, the pictures are great. Voted up. Enjoyed reading.

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      Mother nature sure has the power to show us the consequences when there is not enough and when there is too much, so we would appreciate it when we have just enough. A beautiful poem! Voted up and awesome. Thank you for sharing. :)

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Marcia Ours: Telling our story is part of the Australian culture, so thank you. The poor old wallaby in the hot, dry winds. it's a wonder they survive.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      donnaisabella: Thank you. I'm not sure that it does change and the rains are likely to be as devastating as the drought, but as I wrote before, it is home and we love it.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      North Wind: The name must have been especially for you! I'm glad you enjoyed it - better at a distance, away from the dust and the flies.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      always exploring: Yes, it's a bit like that - we either seem to have drought and bush-fires or floods, but we love it anyway.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      writer20: Thank you, Joyce. Have a great Easter.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      teachers12345: Glad you enjoyed it. I subscribe to the National Geographic and once sent an article, but it didn't get in! I would have liked better photos, but I have so many I gave up searching for the ones I wanted.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Frank Atanacio: Often, living in Australia is like and adventure and you never know what is going to happen next.

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      Marcia Ours 5 years ago

      Great poem! Really enjoyed it! Tells a story. Great pictures, too! Especially the wallaby!

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      Donaisabella 5 years ago from Fort Myers

      Beautiful poem, sounds though like the land is tortured and some things surely have changed. But oh the rain, the rain came finally! I know that feeling and how comforting it is, how calm the atmosphere and how beautiful the muddy earth, we could eat it.

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      North Wind 5 years ago from The World (for now)

      So that is how the North Wind feels in Australia! It is good to hear it :) I loved the poem, BlossomSB, it was very visual ; I was almost persuaded that I was in Australia while reading it.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      The need for rain is so profoundly vivid in your poem. Very beautiful..

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      This is a really great poem. A must read. Lots of hugs to you for writing this one. Voted up Awesome and beautiful, Joyce.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I enjoyed the hub and the photos add to the interest of he topic. It was like a National Geographic experience. This is a land that seems almost desolate at times but the rains do bring life to it. Thanks for sharing.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Blossom this poem was like an adventure..I freakin loved it :)