Friday, November 4, 2011

One More Time


Poetry Friday today - at Laura Salas New Site - writing the world for kids

from Australia

    Among the numerous kinds of books I love to read, nature journals are a favorite.  The words of Abbey, Muir, Bass, Beston, Carson, Leopold, Dillard, Thoreau, Nabham, and others inspire me.  When I find new authors I am excited to learn of their lives, and to read about their experiences.  I have recently discovered a well-known naturalist of Australia who wrote a poem that sources say is a favorite of many natives to that country.  As it includes words about October, and is about a beautiful mountain area in that country, and because I live in the Rockies, I am pleased to share this discovery.  I know, I know, it’s November, but I hate not to share! 

     The poem is titled Bellbirds, by Henry Kendall, and as the site says, it is a beloved poem known to many in Australia. 

It begins:

       By channels of coolness the echoes are calling,
       And down the dim gorges I hear the creek falling:
       It lives in the mountain where moss and the sedges
       Touch with their beauty the banks and the ledges.

And the rest of the poem is here.

2 comments:

  1. "And, softer than slumber, and sweeter than singing,
    The notes of the bell-birds are running and ringing."

    They sound delightful, these bell-birds!

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  2. Thanks for a Saturday morning field trip to Australia!

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