Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Wild as our hearts remain


Farm, Megalong Valley

Words to walk with:
The Last Continent by Les Murray
Where my great-grandfather's dray
Stopped, is a tractor field;
Roads for a thousand miles are sealed
The wild is burnt and fenced away.

Beasts who saw the day of men
Are hunted out, disowned, and killed;
Star cities that we learn to build
Rise on the inner mirage-plain.

Wild as our hearts remain
Earth is no more the wild.
Deeps of the ancient forest day

Are stilled to art, and memory.
High venture sings a rising tune.
The earth gives way to the world.

8 comments:

  1. Nature taking back its own. Some treasures in this: rust, grass.

    I enjoyed the distinction Murray makes between the earth and the world.

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  2. I love the poem and the silvery dried grass against the rust of the old wheel. Men go and come, but earth abides.

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  3. Exquisite. You have the contrasts of the rusting metal against the unmarred corrugated iron, and the bark of the tree against the weathered timber.

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  4. J.E., your are so good at this kind of 'remnants in the nature' kind of shots!

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  5. The grass and the rusty wheel make a wonderful contrast.

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  6. Bloody hell ... I missed the corrugated iron. Yet that Vicky chick picked it up. Good eyes from her!

    I missed the CI ... missed it ... *hangs head in shame*

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  7. The earth gives way to the world...I'm going to have to ponder this one as I find that last line troubling. Still, it's a great photograph and gives me something to think about as I head off to the bath. Have a great day, JE.

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