No Time Like the Future.

 

The sugar and the grain        Bernard Carney     July 93

 

Wagtails wattle birds silver eyes and lorikeets

Kookaburras cackling in the casuarina trees

Magpies swooping down welcome swallows kiss the ground

Warm smell of blossom on the evening breeze

 

Black bean tamarind lily pilly maidens blush

Brush cherry pepperberry fragrant sassafras

Rain forest tangled arms chandeliers of flowering palms

Red cedar bleeding heart and pidgeonberry ash

 

Make a wish make a prayer may they all still be there

There for our children's children to see

Make a wish make a prayer may they all still be there

 

Mother earth a fragile place running with the human race

Every year gets harder to clear away the stain

Plant the land clear the trees be our own worst enemies

More species lost to the sugar and the grain

 

Whip bird currawong crimson finch and fairy wren

Long legged egret wades the water lillied lake

Magpies swooping down welcome swallows kiss the ground

Rain forest tangled arms chandeliers of flowering palms

Make a wish make a prayer may they all still be there

There for our children’s children to see

 

 

 

 

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