When I’m driving in the centre of this continent of mine
In the hot and dusty landscape little known,
Where the weather is predictable it’s almost always fine
And gigantic marbles scattered round are thrown,
Where *Uluru stands proudly on a stark and naked plain
And original Australians keep it guard.
Where stories of the *Dreamtime are repeated once again
And the modern life around it but façade,
Where suddenly a waterhole though hidden in ravine
Will excite the senses cool the burning feet
And you share its quiet seclusion at the water cool and clean
For its there the wandering *camel finds retreat.
In the burning heat of noonday even reptiles seek the shade
Weary travellers seek shelter for repose,
In the desert cold of evening you can see what God has made,
An explosion of the starry skies so close
And you wonder why you’re headed back to urgent city toil
As you leave this Dreamtime country far behind,
For it really is a privilege to tread the outback soil
In our cities peace of mind is hard to find.
“© Copyright Ian Grice 2012 All rights reserved”
Outback – A term Australians use for the remote areas of Australia, particularly the red centre.
Uluru – The giant rock mountain in the centre of Australia formerly known as Ayres Rock sacred to Aboriginal people
Dreamtime – Mythological past as celebrated by the Aboriginal communities of Australia
Camel – Not native to Australia, probably introduced with their Afghan handlers in the early 1800s and now running wild in the outback.