Tree Australia Tree by Libby Hathorn

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Hey, bottlebrush you!

When your fire-flowers enchant us,

I know why the bush birds

Are drawn to your branches.

And banksia gnarled,

So strange by the moon,

Who could not wonder

At your woody blooms?

Tree Australia Tree

Hey, rainforest monarch!

With your buttress so grand,

Who could walk in your forests

And not understand?

Boxwood, strangler fig,

Stinging tree, cedar rare.

All have their own place,

All belong here.

Tree Australia Tree

Hey, boab so fat!

With your water in store,

Only they share your secret

Who know the bush lore.

Hey, scribbly gum, river gum,

Ghost gum supreme!

If eucalypt’s king here

Then wattle is queen.

For you, sumptuous wattle,

Ablaze, yellow bold,

Who cannot delight

In your great gusts of gold?

Tree Australia Tree

Tree Australia Tree

Tree Australia Tree

Source: The ABC Book of Australian Poetry: a treasury for young people compiled by Libby Hathorn (ABC Books 2010)

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