Australia Diary: There Are Poets Among Us

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Australia Diary: There Are Poets Among Us
Australia Diary: There Are Poets Among Us

Our readers riff and rhyme on nature, from sand and flowers to a first autumn moon.

Produced byDiana Oliva Cave

Jan. 14, 2018

Australia Diary collects reader tales revealing Australia’s unique character. Share yours with us and check out our previous installments.

CreditCourtesy of Christina Aitken


A Fibonacci for Summer

By Christina Aitken



she flips

on the sand

the sun slips past her

shadowed arms welcoming the dark



By Kelly Hill

You and I

stroll hand in hand

along a much-trampled path

crushed rocks shifting beneath our feet

while all around us

eucalyptus sway and dance

their fragrance moves through the air

masses of banksia

a feast for the eyes

i watch the bees flit

from each bronzed brush

and the leukodendron

unfolding like stars

beside delicate clematis blooms

we stop at a bridge


as water skitters over a jagged creek bed

a gentle melody

holds me close

as a kookaburra’s voice

quakes in the distance

glacial wind

grows in strength

as we huddle together


like always

keeping me from veering off the path


by birds of every colour

singing tributes to the trees.


Tasmanian Moon

By Don Defenderfer

There is the first full moon of autumn

Rising through the gums

Slanting up the river valley

Spreading silver on the river’s whirls.

The moon humbles my candle

And seduces an owl to call.

The moonlit gums become full of silky boughs and velvet shadows

And every leaf stands individual and clear,

Every boulder gains a distinct shadow and

The river glows like mercury

As it sluices through the buttongrass sedge.

The Earth tilts and time passes;

There is no going back to summer.

This is the time to reflect and make amends.

This is the first full moon of autumn,

Rising above the eucalyptus trees,

Slanting up the river valley,

Spreading light



Southern Lights shine over Tasmania.CreditYouTube/Jase Batey, via Storyful

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