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.


  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!

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


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