The House of Gurra Gunty (Poem)
By the house of Gurra Gunty
On the top of Narung Hill
There's a row of stately pine-trees
Where breezes waft and sing at will.
All night long they sough and sigh
While the branches sway in song,
Bow across the she-oak valley
To twinkling lights the coast along.
Summer gleams upon the sea
All the land stands quiet and still,
The hot, red earth is parched and cracked
'Round the house on the hill.
Windows closed and sun-blinds drawn
The house of pines and she-oaks sleeps
'Til fiery sun slips low to the sea
And out in the valley the twilight creeps.
Then the house creaks slow awake
Reluctant dame from gentle dream;
Blinds are raised, she blinks afresh
At golden sea and skies agleam.
Swifts skim low o'er peaceful lawns,
Stars hang their lanterns up on high,
The moon looms large on gloaming mount
And hangs becalmed in a windless sky.
Out in the garden crickets sing,
Wide awake wagtail loudly calls,
Lonely frog takes up the theme,
Pine-hidden breeze rises and falls.
Dusty gums hang rustling down,
Dusky moths, like windblown leaves,
Dance along light-shaft motes,
Possums swing from moon-bathed eaves.
Moonbeams creep along the wall,
Peer into rooms with tender glow,
Transform carpet to living lawn,
Blue-green curtains to deep sea flow.
'Til all indoors merge with the out
And the outdoors comes right in,
And deep asleep in secluded retreat
Hide the family all tranquil within.
Secret zephyrs breathe through the house,
The cleansing spirit of Narung Hill,
Until all that is left of Gurra Gunty
Is blest home-heart, peaceful and still.
When we bought the house in Mount Eliza, Victoria, we came across a small book of aboriginal words and found that Narung, the name of our road, meant 'she-oak' and there were many of them around. There were also seven pine-trees across the front of the house, so we found the words for 'pine-tree' and 'house,' Gurra and Gunty, so chose those names for our home. I have been unable to verify these words as there are numerous aboriginal languages; perhaps the book was just for this area.
We only lived there for a couple of years, but with glimpses of Port Phillip Bay, sandy beaches to run on and plenty of unspoiled bushland where our children could roam free; we loved it.
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