Dorothea Mackeller

(1885 - 1968)

My Country - Poem by Dorothea Mackeller

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.


Comments about My Country by Dorothea Mackeller

  • Gold Star - 21,979 Points .., Rahman .., Henry (10/13/2015 12:11:00 AM)

    Lovely poem about motherland. Thanks a lot to share. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 14,334 Points Susan Williams (10/12/2015 2:00:00 PM)

    Grey-blue distance- -simple words but descriptive and descriptive of more than a physical quality. Yes, she did indeed love her country (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,019 Points Akham Nilabirdhwaja Singh (10/12/2015 8:31:00 AM)

    I love a sunburn country -a very beautiful poem (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 29,125 Points Kim Barney (10/12/2015 6:32:00 AM)

    A very lovely poem about her beloved Australia. Shame on the 64 voters so far who have only given this poem a rating of 6.7 out of ten. It deserves much higher than that! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 11,422 Points Seema Jayaraman (10/12/2015 2:40:00 AM)

    I luvd this poem.. such a beautifully created imagery depicting a colorful spiritually enriching countryside.. thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 47,517 Points Edward Kofi Louis (10/12/2015 1:07:00 AM)

    To love a rich land. Nice work. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 15,816 Points Ramesh T A (10/12/2015 1:01:00 AM)

    The love is rich in the natural resources of the country that makes the poet his country very much! His passionate attachment is wonderfully reflected in this poem! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Russ Atkinson (2/16/2013 12:13:00 AM)

    This is still the best poem to describe my country (Report) Reply

  • Rookie John Sharman (9/11/2006 4:41:00 PM)

    one of my favourite poems about Australia, but the word 'ragged' in the second verse was originally written as 'rugged'. A check of the dictionary will show that 'rugged' is more appropriate

    John S (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Christine Bartle (9/3/2006 8:56:00 PM)

    I think this is the best poem ever written about Australia. Dorothea had a love for this 'wide brown land' that I share myself. ' I love a sunburnt country' that one line says it all. Brilliant! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Vorn Peace (3/8/2006 2:08:00 AM)

    I love this poem! It tells people what Australia is all about, and how much we love it so. Dorothea Mackeller is one of the many poets who will be remembered thoughout history, for the amazing poems of Austalia they write and how much they love our country. Those who do not live in Australia cannot understand, but think of the love you have for your country, that is what myself and many others feel for Australia!
    xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004

Poem Edited: Monday, September 22, 2008

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